Many say that teachers and nurses are among the most underappreciated workers in America. Others believe childcare and daycare workers like you also belong to that group.
Like teachers, you play a critical role in shaping children and preparing them for adulthood. Unfortunately, you are not 100% safe from injury when you work with children all day.
What are the most common injuries?
The back and spine of the typical childcare worker is the part of the body most at risk of an injury. You probably spend much of your shift bending, lifting, reaching and carrying small kids or heavy items. Unfortunately, this constant strain can cause an array of back problems.
Other injuries you may face at work:
- Exposure to illness or disease
- Exposure to hazardous substances (cleaning products, etc.)
- Trips, slips and falls from debris or liquid on walking surfaces
- Ergonomic problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress injuries
It is even possible to suffer face or dental injuries during an energetic play session with your young charges.
Although some of these injuries sound fairly minor, they can cause lasting problems, especially without proper medical care. Untreated back pain, for example, often gets worse over time, possibly impacting your ability to work in the long term.
Are your occupational injuries covered?
In New Jersey, nearly all employers must obtain workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. If you suffer an on-the-job injury, workers’ comp benefits ensure you get medical care and wage replacement if you need time off to recover.
Those who have trouble filing their claim or don’t know what to do after a denial can find the answers they need with experienced legal guidance.