I hurt my back at work today. I couldn’t report it officially as I injured it doing something I shouldn’t have been doing. I was climbing on top of a pallet of bagged bird seed to get at some clothing behind it. On my way back down my foot slipped against the side of the bird seed pallet and fell to my feet. It wasn’t far but I couldn’t keep my balance and fell backwards, landing on my tail bone. It isn’t the first time that I hit that part of my body onto concrete, and it wasn’t a terrible injury. Still, it was sore all day at work.
I had to carry on unloading the truck at the loading dock. In other words, I hurt myself doing a job that I’m not supposed to be doing any more, and I had to carry on doing it. I don’t blame the company or store management; I kept on doing the task on my own volition. Still, I shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.
As I write this ear the end of the night my back is feeling better. From what I can tell in the mirror I can’t see any bruising. I don’t expect to seek medical attention for this. I’m glad that I don’t have to bother with such things generally but I also don’t want to have to claim anything. If I had to seek medical attention I couldn’t let it interfere with work without having to making an official claim with the company. Like I said, I hurt myself doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing. For that matter, it may have been caught on camera.
I also hate the hassle when I make such reports with the company. It takes time from the work—I was doing a job that wasn’t mine because we’re short-handed—and I don’t like the phone calls from home office asking how I’m doing. It’s just a lot of lost time. If I do have to take time off for this incident I’ll have to pay for it myself. For now, I’ll just relax for the weekend.