The main objective of this session is to help you prevent back injuries. By the time the session is over, you should be able to identify causes of back injuries; prevent back injuries; use proper lifting, load carrying, and unloading techniques to help protect your back; and think smart about your back and the importance of keeping it healthy.
Why “Avoiding Back Injuries—Spanish” Matters:
- One in 5 workers suffers a back injury on the job.
- OSHA says that back injuries are the nation’s number one workplace safety problem.
- Back injuries are the second most common cause of days away from work, next to the common cold.Overall, 80% of Americans will have a back injury that requires medical attention at some point in their lives, so the odds are you will, too.
Men and women are equally affected.
Back injuries are most frequently reported in working people beginning around the age of 30.
But even younger people can suffer back injuries on the job if they are out of shape.
Once your back is injured, it is more likely to be reinjured.
- Always maintain good posture when standing, sitting, lifting, carrying, and simply moving about.
- Try to get exercise regularly to keep you back in good condition.
- Use lifting equipment rather than trying to lift something manually. Have a plan in mind before you lift and transport any object.
- When lifting or unloading an object, use you legs rather than your back; bend at the knees when you lift or unload.
- Finally, always think about your back and what you should do to lift and carry safely without risking a serious injury.