St. Paul Workers' Compensation Blog

Truckers put a lot of strain on their body

As a truck driver, you know just how much strain you put on your body. Day in and day out, you're behind the wheel, carrying heavy loads and getting in and out of your truck.

Furthermore, truckers are at risk of an on-the-road accident with another vehicle, which can result in a variety of serious injuries, ranging from a concussion to broken bones to lacerations.

Nonsurgical treatment of a pinched nerve

If a nerve in your neck becomes compressed, it can result in pain, discomfort, numbness and muscle weakness among various other ailments.

As you seek treatment for a pinched nerve, it's important to better understand the cause. For example, this may be related to the heavy loads that you lift at work every day of the week.

Tips to help nurses work without injury

Nurses have a fairly hazardous job with a lot of occupational risks. Injuries are common, and they can be quite serious. Not only is it important for nurses to understand this risk, but they also need to know what they can do to stay safe and healthy on the job.

To help, here are a number of tips that you can implement on a daily basis:

  • Never pull a patient if you have to move them. Always push. This protects your body -- especially the back and the spine -- from injury.
  • Similarly, if you have to help someone up or even pick them up, do not bend and lift with your back. Instead, squat down and lift with your legs.
  • Make sure you know what allergies you have to things like latex, medications, drugs and much more. Try to limit your exposure when you can.
  • Try to avoid distractions. This is a busy profession, with a lot going on, but even a moment of distraction can lead to a mistake, a fall, or all manner of injuries.
  • Do not rush. You may need to hurry, but know your limits. It is usually better to slow down and stay safe than to rush and put yourself in harm's way.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Get some exercise. Make sure you're physically and mentally ready for work, especially when you have a long shift.

What’s the best way to fight extreme stress at work?

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself faced with a variety of stressful situations throughout your day. For example, airline pilots and truck drivers fit into this category.

While stress is part of every occupation, there may come a time when you feel that the world is falling in around you. Here are some of the better ways to fight extreme stress at work:

  • Ask for help: You don't have to do everything yourself, even if it feels this way. There are people in your company who are willing to help, so don't be shy about reaching out. If you have too much pride to do so, it will continue to take a toll on your health.
  • Know your limits: Everyone has limits, so make sure you guard yours closely. If you push yourself to the brink of a breakdown too often, you'll eventually go over the edge.
  • Take breaks: How you do so depends on your profession, but everyone should find time to rest their mind and body. Pushing yourself too hard for too long will result in increased stress, which leads to other mental and physical concerns. For example, truck drivers should regularly pull to safety to clear their mind.

Think about your back health when sitting at your computer

Many people work an office job in which they spend a large portion of their day sitting at a computer. While you're not partaking in physical labor, you're still putting a lot of strain and stress on your body.

Spending too much time in front of a computer can take a toll on the discs in your back. This can result in pain, discomfort and stiffness, among a variety of other ailments.

5 of the most dangerous jobs

Regardless of your profession, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. Even if your job isn't physically demanding, this is no guarantee that you'll never suffer an injury or become ill at work.

While every job has its risks, these five are among the most dangerous:

  • Logging workers: There are many risks of working as a logger, ranging from a fall from height to the use of dangerous equipment. Also, due to the nature of the job, loggers don't always have access to medical care when they need it.
  • Aircraft pilot: In addition to the potential for a crash, aircraft pilots must also contend with a high stress environment on a nearly daily basis. This doesn't even take into consideration extended time spent in the cockpit, which can result in a variety of injuries.
  • Roofers: Working at height is always dangerous, even when the proper safety equipment is in place. Roofers spend their entire day at height, so they must be on their toes. They must also deal with exposure to elements, such as extreme heat in the summer and cold temperatures in the fall and winter months.
  • Truck drivers: Truckers face many risks on the road, and one mistake can cause an accident that results in serious injury or death. Also, since truckers spend so many consecutive hours behind the wheel, neck and back injuries are extremely common.
  • Landscapers: Landscapers face a variety of risks, which include but are not limited to extreme weather, rough terrain, machinery accidents, electric shock and falls from ladders.

Workers’ compensation denial: Protect yourself by acting fast

If you suffer a workplace injury, your immediate attention should focus on your health and well-being. While there are other things to consider, like your ability to return to your job in the near future, there's time to deal with those details after you have sought medical treatment.

Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits must be done according to the instructions in order to protect your legal rights. If you make an error on your application, it could result in a denial and the need for an appeal.

These backhoe safety tips will help you avoid trouble

Most construction sites have at least one backhoe in service at all times, as it's one of the most versatile pieces of equipment. While there's no denying the benefits of using a backhoe for a variety of construction-related tasks, doing so improperly can put the operator and other workers at risk of serious injury or death due to an accident.

Here are four important backhoe safety tips to follow:

  • Safety starts on the ground: Before you ever get into a backhoe, perform an inspection for damage and defects. If you find that something isn't functioning as it should, don't use the backhoe until it's repaired.
  • Watch for other vehicles and pedestrians: Many backhoe accidents are the result of other vehicles or pedestrians getting in the way. Always be aware of your surroundings, while letting others know your intentions.
  • Stability is key: By creating a stable digging platform, you reduce the risk of slipping or tipping. Get into the habit of putting the stabilizers down before digging or trenching.
  • Think before lifting: Not only do backhoes have lifting capacities, but you also need to consider the positioning of the machine. Lifting on a slope, for example, increases the risk of tipping or dropping the load.

Are you following these circular saw safety tips?

As a construction or industrial worker, there's a good chance you use a saw to complete a variety of tasks. For example, a circular saw is one of the most commonly used tools in the construction industry.

While there's no denying the many benefits of using a circular saw, including precise cuts and increased efficiency, safety should always be at the top of your mind.

A spine fracture calls for a detailed treatment plan

Any type of spine fracture, regardless of the location or severity, requires immediate attention from an experienced and knowledgeable medical professional. Neglecting to treat this injury in a timely manner can result in further injury.

Treatment of a spine fracture begins with stabilizing the injury. This helps prevent additional damage, while also controlling pain and discomfort. From there, there are several additional treatment strategies that are commonly used:

  • Instrumentation and fusion: Both of these surgical procedures are used to stabilize a spine fracture. Fusion, for example, uses hardware, such as rods and plates, to hold together two vertebrae.
  • Braces: There are many benefits to wearing a brace after a spinal fracture, e.g., to maintain spine alignment, immobilize the area during recovery and restrict movement to reduce pain.
  • Minimally invasive surgery: These procedures, such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, are growing in popularity. Not only do they generate positive results, but they reduce the likelihood of risks associated with traditional surgery, such as excessive bleeding and damage to surrounding tissue.
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