Back Safety

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers
experience back injuries each year. One fourth of all workers compensation
indemnity claims are a result of back injuries. Low back pain is one of the most
common reason that people miss work, second only to the common cold. In America,
we spend more than $100 billion annually in medical bills, disability and lost
productivity at work from back injuries and illnesses. More importantly, this problem
causes unnecessary discomfort and pain to workers which can have a devastating
effect on their lifestyle and ability to work. Surveys show that 75% of back
injuries occurred while performing lifting tasks, which underscores the importance of
reducing back injuries caused by lifting.  
Before You Lift
PLAN AHEAD
  Know what you are lifting and how you will lift it.
  Be aware of the weight of the object.
  Determine whether or not it’s safe to lift on your own.
  Make sure the work area is flat, dry and clear of debris.
CHECK YOUR PATHWAY
  Make sure the lift pathway is clear .
  Remove any tripping hazards or debris.
  Check for any wet or slick surfaces.
USE ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT
  Use lift assists, forklift, dolly, cart, hand truck or hoist .
  Make sure you are trained before using the equipment.
GET HELP WHEN NEEDED
  When lifting awkward or heavy loads, utilize a two person lift .
  Make sure you lift at the same time and keep the load level.
WEAR PROPER PPE
  Wear proper required protective shoes and gloves
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