Commentary: Whether it's dull and achy or sharp and stabbing, pain can make it hard to concentrate on one's job. Workplace pain affects a large segment of our workforce and costs employers billions of dollars each year. The below guidelines is being provided to assist each of you to becoming more knowledgeable in the management and prevention of back pain before you become a statistics. For the Safety Management Committee, Dennis Hilton
General: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one out of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Today we will review how to perform your job duties without incurring injuries to your back.
1. True or false? Being overweight can contribute to your risk of back injuries?
The answer is true.
2. What are some actions, motions or movements that are likely to contribute to back injuries?
3. What are some rules for proper lifting?
4. When it comes to back pain, what symptoms indicate a problem that should be addressed by a physician?
Summary: The human back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles and other tissue. While the spine is very strong, it is also fragile. When treated poorly, the back can suffer severe injuries, sometimes resulting in paralysis or ever death. Remember when performing your duties to work smarter and safer to help prevent injuries to your back.