According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries make up 20 percent of all workplace injuries. Even more significant is the fact that 80 percent of those injuries involve the lower back and material handling duties.
Back injuries often result in chronic pain which can flare up at any time, either with or without re-aggravation. The Environmental Health & Safety Department of the University of Virginia cites the top five risk factors as:
1. Sloppy posture
2. Poor physical condition
3. Lack of proper body mechanics
4. Poor lifting techniques
5. High-energy jobs
UVA Offers Tips to Avoid Back Injuries
• Pushing and sliding are preferable to lifting.
• Don’t lift objects that exceed one-third to one-half of your own body weight.
• Avoid twisting and stretching to reach or move loads.
• Observe the “safe lifting zone” between your shoulders and knees. If an object is lower, bend your knees and lift with your legs. If it’s higher, use a stool or stepladder to reach it.
• Perform a few basic stretches before and after lifting or maneuvering an object, and continue stretching periodically throughout the day to prevent stiffness.
• Clear any obstacles in your path.
• Wear slip-resistant shoes.
• Support your spine by tightening your abdominal muscles.
• Breathe normally throughout the task. If you find yourself holding your breath, get assistance.
• Use appropriate equipment when necessary.
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