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Preventing work-related neck and back injuries

While many people in Jasper, Alabama, may associate injuries on the job with accidents such as falls or improper lifting methods, unsafe working conditions go beyond these one-time events. According to Spine-Health.com, a non-accidental injury is just as likely to occur from an ongoing situation. An unsuitable work station, repetitive motions and fatigue are often factors that lead to back or neck injury.

To reduce the chance of injury at a desk, a person should be able to look at the top third of the computer screen when sitting up straight to prevent straining muscles in the neck. With elbows at the side and hands positioned correctly on the keyboard, the forearms and thighs should be parallel to the floor, and the feet should rest flat on the floor. The neck and back should not be rotated to one side or the other.

Creating a suitable work environment cannot be accomplished by replicating the conditions for all employees because the height, weight and physical condition of each person is unique. The environment of a worker is only considered ergonomic if it allows that person to achieve the ideal posture that prevents neck and back injuries.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that employers provide regular breaks so employees can stretch, walk around and adjust chair position periodically throughout the day for workplace safety. Even when the workstation is ideally suited to the worker, sitting at a desk using a computer for prolonged periods of time puts anyone at risk for strained neck muscles and lower back and leg pain.

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