This refresher course will give you the main points to remember about back safety. For more complete information, be sure to take the full-length course.
Course Duration: 6 minutes
Why “Back Safety: Refresher” Matters:
- Back injuries are among the most frequent workplace injuries and cost employers billions of dollars every year.
- Back injuries are the second most common cause of days away from work, next to the common cold. U.S. workers lose an average of 7 workdays per year due to back injuries.
- Twenty percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses each year are related to back injuries.
- Once a back is injured, it is more likely to be reinjured. This makes training employees in back injury prevention a priority.
- Always maintain good posture when standing, sitting, lifting, carrying, and simply moving about.
- Try to get exercise regularly to keep your 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 your legs rather than your back; bend at the knees when you lift or unload.
- Finally, always be thinking about your back and what you should be doing to lift and carry safely without risking a serious injury.