My job as a landscaper requires me to bend over all the time. I also lift and drag heavy loads in a hunched over position. I’m afraid that I may really hurt my back. If that happens, could I hold my employer legally liable?

As a landscaper your employer should offer ways to keep your and your back safe from harm. There are also some pointers to help yourself from injurying your back in a workplace accident.Possibly. Your employer has an obligation to help you perform your job in a way that minimizes the risks of serious injuries or death.

Many employers take complaints of back strain seriously. A back injury can cause a worker significant pain. And even if the employee were able to continue working, productivity would likely drop. Often, however, an injured worker has to miss days, weeks, or even months of work in order to recuperate. And, the employer could be held financially responsible for the worker’s medical expenses and lost wages if legal action is pursued.

In the meantime, you should do what you can to avoid working in awkward postures. If possible, you should:

  • Create a table so that you can work with materials at waist level, rather than by bending over.
  • Use dollies, wheelbarrows, and carts to move heavy loads.
  • Bend at your knees (not at your back) when you are lifting something from the floor.
  • When moving heavy loads avoid twisting your body.

Does your job force you to work in awkward positions? Have you hurt your back as a consequence? If you’ve injured your back in a workplace accident, contact our Houston workplace accident attorneys. Call VB Attorneys at 877-724-7800 to schedule a free consultation.

Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.