Although different jobs have different hazards, by far one of the most preventable workers’ compensation injuries for general business, industry, and healthcare is back injuries which can be reduced by proper lifting techniques and back safety training.
Preventing a back injury is much easier than repairing one–thus the need for Back Safety training is so instrumental in reducing costly injuries. Because your back is critically important to your ability to walk, sit, stand, and run, it’s important to take care of it. Most back pain arises from using your back improperly, so learning back safety training and a few basic rules about proper lifting techniques, posture and proper exercise can help keep your back in good shape.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees. Much of which can be preventable with Proper Lifting Techniques and Back Safety Training.
We tend to take our backs for granted until we are in pain! Statistics show that such strains are the most common among workers. Back problems are costly. This includes taking off precious work time. Medical experts say that back injuries have little to do with the weight of the lifted objects and everything to do with how they are lifted. Moreover, though lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering are involved in manual materials handling (the principal cause of compensable work injuries) the BLS survey shows that four out of five of these injuries were to the lower back, and that three out of four occurred while the employee was lifting.
Nearly 80% of people will experience some type of back injury during their lifetime. This very common injury is caused by activities both on and off the job. Common causes of back injuries include improper lifting, twisting and reaching.
If you are interested in reducing the risk of back injuries and thus lowering your risk of Workers’ Compensation claims, visit our HR Store – HRKnowledgeBase for a complete selection of Back Safety Training with Proper Lifting Techniques that is easy to give to employees and cost effective. Our Back Safety Training programs are also available in Spanish.
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Written by: Victoria Mavis