The main objective of this session is to help you prevent back injuries. By the time the session is over, you should be able to identify causes of back injuries; prevent back injuries; use proper lifting, load carrying, and unloading techniques to help protect your back; and think smart about your back and the importance of keeping it healthy.
Why “Avoiding Back Injuries” Matters:
- One in 5 workers suffers a back injury on the job.
- OSHA says that back injuries are the nation’s number one workplace safety problem.
- Back injuries are the second most common cause of days away from work, next to the common cold.
- Overall, 80% of Americans will have a back injury that requires medical attention at some point in their lives, so the odds are you will too.
- Men and women are equally affected.
- Back injuries are most frequently reported in working people beginning around age 30.
- But even younger people can suffer back injuries on the job if they are out of shape.
- Once your back is injured, it is more likely to be reinjured.
- Always maintain good posture when standing, sitting, lifting, carrying, and simply moving about.
- Try to get exercise regularly to keep your back in good condition.
- Use lifting equipment rather than trying to lift something manually. Have a plan in mind before you lift and transport any object.
- When lifting or unloading an object, use your legs rather than your back; bend at the knees when you lift or unload.
- Finally, always be thinking about your back and what you should be doing to lift and carry safely without risking a serious injury.