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Maintaining Good Body Posture to Prevent Workplace Injuries
Many workplaces require employees to sit for prolonged periods at a computer workstation, without informing them that sitting with the wrong posture can lead to serious injury in the long term. These injuries might not be covered under workers’ compensation insurance policies, so it is important to be aware of them. The best way to understand the importance of this subject is to understand the concept of neutral body positioning, which is a comfortable posture in which your joints are aligned naturally. This position has the effect of reducing strain on muscles and bones and reducing the chance of developing a musculus skeletal disorder. A neutral body posture is characterized by the following:
- Keep your hands, wrists, and forearms straight and parallel to the floor, while bending your elbows between 90 and 120 degrees.
- Keep your head level or bent slightly forward, so that it is in line with your torso.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed and let your upper arms hang naturally beside your torso.
- Keep your feet fully supported on the floor or on a footrest.
- Especially important, keep your back supported with vertical lumbar support.
- Keep your knees at roughly the same height as your hips so that your knees are bent at about 90 degrees.
Even if you maintain this posture throughout the day, it is important to make small adjustments to it and perform routine stretches and walks to keep your muscles active.
If you have questions about injuries in the workplace due to bad posture, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan Matrafajlo.