Jobs that require physical exertion put workers at a greater risk of being injured when compared to more sedentary professions. One position that requires workers to use their strength, balance, and dexterity is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installers and maintenance workers, also known as HVAC technicians. In this position, the technician is frequently on their feet, lifting heavy objects and placing them in clients' homes and commercial properties. When a worker is injured on the job, Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers remind them that they can seek compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages while out of work.
To receive this compensation, though, the worker must follow state-mandated guidelines for reporting their injury, seeking treatment, and filing a claim. Often, working with a Workers' Compensation lawyer can help the worker keep a claim on track, giving them a better chance of receiving an appropriate compensation amount.
Below are a few examples of injuries that HVAC technicians can face and how to prevent them.
Back and Muscle Pain from Lifting
HVAC technicians often experience back and joint pain from hours of lifting and carrying heavy objects. Sometimes, a worker can experience an injury like a slipped disc in their back. To reduce chances of suffering this type of injury, lift with the legs. Make use of carts and dollies to help lift and carry heavy objects. It is better to make two trips or to work with a colleague to carry the item as a team than to suffer a work-related injury.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
It can be easy to cut, burn, or shock the hands when working with HVAC. To protect the hands, wear thick gloves during work. If injured, seek first aid right away.
Neck and Shoulder Injuries
Like the back, the neck and shoulders can suffer from the strain of constantly lifting and carrying heavy objects. To reduce the stress on the neck and shoulders, stretch before working and make it a priority to exercise regularly. Use support braces if they are available and always lift with your legs, instead of the back and shoulders.
Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Represent New Jersey Workers
If you have suffered any of the injuries discussed above or another type of injury while working as an HVAC technician, you may be entitled to receive Workers' Compensation. To learn more about seeking Workers' Compensation in New Jersey, speak with a member of our team of Millville Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC. Fill out our online form or call us at 609-476-4044 x203 today. Our lawyers represent clients from the entire South Jersey region, including Vineland, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.