Workers in all industries have to pay close attention to the stress they’re putting on their knees. These joints are used a lot throughout many activities. Protecting the knees must be a priority for the worker, as well as the employer.
On average, knee injuries result in 16 lost days from work. They account for around 15 to 20 percent of all lost-time injuries. People who suffer from them can end up needing considerable medical care, including doctor visits, physical therapy, and surgery. Because of the costs of these injuries and the lost time at work, prevention is critical.
Ergonomic workspaces and suitable workplace policies
One of the best things that employers can do is to set up the workspace so it’s ergonomic. Taking steps, such as raising work surfaces to prevent employees from having to kneel, can prevent knee injuries. Workers who have to be on their knees often, such as plumbers and gardeners, should wear shock-absorbing knee pads.
All employees, including those in office settings, should get up and move their knees periodically. This helps them to keep the natural lubricant moving through the knee. This can prevent a lot of injuries, especially those that are due to overuse.
Any worker who suffers a knee injury should ensure they get the medical care they need. This should be covered by workers’ compensation since it was a work-related injury. There’s a chance that the injured worker will have to fight to receive the benefits they’re due from workers’ compensation. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters can reduce the stress and ensure things get handled properly, including appeals for incorrect benefit allotments.