Your job requires you to lift heavy items. From boxes to machinery, these loads take a massive toll on various parts of your body but especially your shoulders and back. You understand the technique required to safely lift loads, but repetitive stress injuries (RPI) of lifting bring aches and pains.
Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania gives employees the benefit of knowing that an employer will provide their compensation even if they prove unable to work due to workplace injuries. You may wish to seek restitution if you injure yourself, but you may also wish to understand safety tips to ensure you lift carefully.
The best way to lift
According to OSHA, the best way to lift involves a formula measuring different methods to avoid injuries to your back and shoulders. The formula includes:
- The distance the load is held in front of your body
- The height you lift the load from and two
- The frequency of lifting your job requires
- The height of the load; and
- The amount that your torso twists
By adopting this formula, it is predicted that workers may lift up to 51 pounds without risk of injury, as long as the lift itself is done properly.
Lifting properly involves multiple important elements. OSHA provides ways to accurately avoid injury or injury sustained over a long period. OSHA recommends:
- Place load materials in the “power zone” of the body – about mid-thigh to mid-chest
- Maintain neutral and straight spine alignment
- Bend at the knees, not the waist
Workers’ compensation and your long-term injury
If you experience the following symptoms, you may be suffering from an RSI due to your excessive and consistent lifting. RSI symptoms include:
- Pain and tenderness in your back, shoulders and neck
- Tingling or numbness
- Loss of strength
- Throbbing or pulsating
After diagnosis and a confirmation that your body proves unable to continue your strenuous work, you may wish to file a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania. Doing so, you may have the opportunity to receive benefits, medical payments and continued salary checks while you recover from your repetitive stress injuries.