There are a large number of farms in Kansas, which means there are many farmers working in the state. Unfortunately, farmers are very likely to receive repetitive stress injuries while on the job, which can be damaging physically, mentally and financially.
In a study of 2,536 high school students, it was recently reported that 19% of teen farmers experienced lower back pain. This is compared to 12% of students who did not do any farm work, showing an increase when manual labor is involved. In total, it has been reported that 41% of farmers experience lower back pain regardless of their age. In fact, back pain is the most common cause for job-related disability.
This can be very intimidating to farmers due to the fact that repetitive stress injuries can be debilitating for many reasons. Pain can prevent a person from being able to work to their fullest, which can also damage financial income over time. Health care for these injuries can also cost money, taking a toll on the worker’s pocketbook. In order to avoid these unpleasant monetary outcomes, there are some steps that can be taken which will reduce risk of lower back issues. This includes keeping good posture while on the job, removing debris to avoid tripping, and lifting from the legs instead of the back.
However, some workers may end up getting repetitive stress injuries even if they do their best to follow proper lifting protocol. If that does happen, shouldering the financial burden may be difficult. It may therefore be in the best interest of the worker to contact a workers compensation attorney.