People who are at work need to ensure that they aren’t doing anything that is going to cause an injury to themselves. Of course, the onus is on the employer to ensure that employees have what they need to stay safe. Sometimes, normal job duties might be hazardous and might lead to injuries.
One particular injury that can be troublesome is a knee injury. When you have an injury to the knee, you probably won’t be able to walk, which could make life difficult. There are several ways that this type of injury might occur.
- Lifting: Trying to lift too much weight or using improper lifting techniques can put your knees at risk. Ideally, employers who know employees will have to lift heavy or bulky items will have assistive devices that can help with the task.
- Climbing: If you have to climb a ladder or up onto anything else, make sure that you are going down carefully. Take one rung at a time. Never jump down because the force of you hitting the ground can lead to you damaging your knee.
- Kneeling: Some jobs, such as laying floors and landscaping, come with time on the knees. Always use proper padding to help protect your knees. Additionally, get up and move around some while you are working so that you aren’t keeping your knees in one position for too long.
If you do suffer a knee injury at work, you might need medical care. Workers’ compensation can help you cover these costs. You may also qualify for other benefits, so get your claim in quickly and review any correspondence sent to you so you can ensure you get what you are due.