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July 14, 2009

Tips to Prevent Back Injuries

Back injuries are the leading workplace safety problem, affecting more than one million workers each year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses.

Here are some tips to help prevent back strain when lifting and carrying loads:
  • Reduce large loads into smaller ones, or get assistance
  • Face the load with feet shoulder-width apart
  • Keep heels down and turn feet slightly out
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Hug the load
  • Keep your head up
  • Take small steps and turn with your feet to avoid twisting the upper body
  • Reverse the lifting process when setting down the load
Our Lifting and Back Belt safety signs can help your employees remember proper lifting technique.

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