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Jobs that Can Result in Serious Back Injuries

Published in Workers Compensation on February 4, 2020.

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As much as you may enjoy your job, it’s important to recognize that it can also be physically hard on you. In fact, some types of work are especially hard on our backs. Understanding the risk involved can help you avoid being injured on the job. If you do sustain a back injury at work, consult with an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney.


Nursing can be a very rewarding career – after all, you’re helping people regain their health – but it can also be very hard on your back. In fact, the tasks that nurses routinely perform can all contribute to serious back injuries. These tasks include:

  • Spending long hours on one’s feet
  • Lifting and stabilizing patients
  • Moving patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, showers, and more

Construction Work

Construction work is obviously a dangerous job for any number of reasons, but one of the dangers is the risk of suffering a back injury from the sheer strain of the physical labor involved. The repetitive lifting, bending, carrying, pulling, tugging, and more that accompany construction work all contribute to back strain that can result in serious back injuries. Further, construction workers often work from heights, which leave them vulnerable to dangerous falls that are closely associated with serious spine injuries. 


Truck drivers log nearly countless hours behind the wheel each year, and they often suffer back injuries as a result. When you couple long stretches of sedentary hours behind the wheel with short bursts of activity, such as loading and unloading one’s rig, it is a recipe for back strain and back injuries. 

Warehouse Work

The warehouse represents what goes on behind the scenes of retail businesses, and it’s very active work that involves plenty of heavy-duty machinery. Warehouse work typically involves lifting, bending, twisting, forceful movements, and awkward positioning of every kind. Often warehouse workers do heavy physical labor – which can lead to excessive back strain – and operate heavy machinery – which often involves prolonged exposure to forceful vibrations that can cause or exacerbate backaches and soreness. 

Farmers and Landscapers

Working the land is obviously a strenuous job that requires heavy physical labor. Farmers and landscapers both engage in repetitive bending, lifting, dragging, walking, reaching, and stretching. Further, this type of work often demands long hours with few breaks. All told, farmers and landscapers are vulnerable to back strain and injuries.

If You’ve Suffered a Back Injury on the Job, You Need an Experienced Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side

Back injuries are serious injuries that can lead to chronic pain. If you’ve suffered a back injury on the job, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon are committed to helping you fully recover on your damages so you can reach your fullest physical recovery. Our formidable legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.

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