Poor posture places stress on your body’s joints, muscles and ligaments, according to EHS Today, an occupational safety and health magazine. What start out as “normal” aches and pains at your job can lead to debilitating, lifelong injuries. These include back and neck pain, headaches, knee pain, shoulder and arm pain, as well as muscle and joint issues.
EHS Today says addressing poor posture starts with mindfulness – making yourself aware of how you position your body and developing good habits.
Simple Tips That Promote Good Posture
- Position your buttocks to the back of the chair.
- Keep your back straight and your shoulders back.
- Distribute your body weight evenly.
- Position your knees as close to right angles as possible.
- Keep your feet flat on the ground.
- Get help with heavy or awkward objects.
- Have a firm grasp of the object.
- Make sure you have good footing.
- Use a wide stance and get close to the object.
- Do not bend at the waist for objects low to the ground. Bend with your knees and hips so your legs to do most of the work.
- When handling objects on tables, counters or shelves, slide the object to the edge before lifting.
- You should be able to reach the steering wheel without extending your arms.
- You should be able to bend your knees and reach the pedals comfortably.
- Your knees should be level with or higher than your hips.
- Keep your back straight and resting on the back of the seat.
- Use a lumbar roll to support your back.
It Seems So Simple, But Can Get Complicated Quickly
Injuries related to poor posture in manufacturing develop over long periods of time. Some people make the mistake of dismissing them as the normal consequence of “wear and tear” after years on the job. That’s a mistaken opinion that can have lifelong consequences if you become injured and are unable to work, provide for your family, pay your bills and lead a normal life.
Unfortunately, some employers are short-sighted when it comes to encouraging good posture on the job. They may even blame you for your injuries if you make a workers’ compensation claim. Their insurance company is likely to offer a financial settlement that is nowhere near what you need.
Don’t settle for less than what you legally deserve. The workers’ compensation attorneys at the McLaughlin & Sanchez have more than 30 years of combined experience helping injured workers just like you in San Diego and throughout the area. Contact us for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose.