Job sites across Massachusetts have signs up reminding the crew to treat their bodies right. They emphasize that construction workers are working as “occupational athletes.” While it does seem a lot like a “buzz word” for management, it does make a point about laborers and tradesmen: they’re as likely to face injuries on the job as anyone in the NFL.
Physically demanding jobs
Of the 27 most physically taxing jobs, 21 of them were jobs in construction, manufacturing, landscaping and production. All of the listed jobs had a few points in common, such as the necessity of significant strength, stamina and core use.
But no matter how much you stretch, how careful you are, there is no guarantee that you won’t get an injury on the job because of unavoidable situations, such as:
- Accidents: On-the-job accidents are widespread, not just across physically taxing jobs but office jobs as well. Anyone can trip and fall. Anyone can make a mistake while using a machine.
- Overuse: Preparation and proper form can prevent acute injuries, but not cumulative injuries. If you are performing the same action repeatedly, you may eventually find yourself with an overuse injury regardless of your preparation.
- Environment: If your workplace conditions are dangerous because of a toxic substance, you may end up sick and need to get treatment to recover.
- Mental stress: People tend to underestimate the effect of mental stress. Everyone faces work-related stress, and you really can’t prepare for a mental health problem caused by your job.
All of these unavoidable injuries may be covered by workers’ compensation, and you owe it to yourself to find out if you can get help.
Learn about your rights
If you’re suffering from any kind of injury or illness caused by your work, you absolutely have an opportunity to recover.