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Gradual injuries can develop with wrong lifting techniques

Arizona workers need to learn proper lifting techniques. Whether they are working in offices or the construction, warehousing or transport industry, lifting heavy or awkwardly shaped objects can lead to the development of gradual injuries. The National Safety Council says over 300,000 musculoskeletal injuries like strains, sprains or tears caused workers to lose workdays in 2014.

Safety authorities advise workers always to use safe lifting techniques and start by planning lifts before they go into action. By sizing it up, a worker can determine whether the object can be easily lifted by one person, or will it require help such as a hand truck or a co-worker's assistance. Furthermore, before lifting an object, it should be checked for exposed staples, nails or other things that can cause injuries. Lastly, before lifting the object, he or she must make sure the path along which it must be carried is clear.

When the worker is satisfied that it will be safe to lift the object without help, it must be held as close to the body as possible, and the strength of the legs rather than the back must be used. He or she should bend the body at the hips and keep the back straight and the head up, and continue carrying it close to the body. When placing the object, use the leg muscles again for the support, rather than straining the back muscles, and make sure toes and fingers are out of the way.

Victims of workplace injuries are entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. However, with gradual injuries, it might be challenging to prove that they were work-related. The skills of an experienced Arizona workers' compensation attorney might be required to assist with the navigation of the claims process.

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