Avoiding Back Injuries

Course Description:

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.

Course Duration: 33 minutes

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.

Key Points:

  • 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.

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