Proper Material Handling Can Prevent Back Injuries
A Toolbox Talk on How You Can Prevent Back Injuries
It’s important to take the proper steps to protect your back while performing your work. Many workers who have injured their back at work can experience years of discomfort and sometimes even a disability. There are many factors that can contribute to back injuries including repetitive motion over time, lifting loads that are too heavy, and even improper lifting techniques. To prevent back injuries, it’s important to practice proper lifting techniques. Remember to lift with your legs and not with your back. Avoid leaning or bending over for extended periods, as this can cause weakness in the lower back over time. It’s also good practice to stretch and exercise your back before starting your work each day. If an item is too heavy to lift, ask a co-worker help.