Protect Your Back
Your back is at work 24 hours a day.
It takes part in almost every move you make.
Because of its workload, your back is prone to injury.
Are extremely painful.
Are difficult to heal.
Are frequently recurring.
Affect everything you do.
Preventing back injuries is a major safety challenge.
For those who suffer from back injury:
Only 3% receive training in preventing back injuries.
97% receive medical treatment.
In 2005, back injuries caused:
19% of all industrial disabling injuries (IDIs) resulting in 157 lost work days.
9% of all off-job disabling injuries (ODIs) resulting in 212 lost work days.
From January 1 to September 30, 2006, back injuries caused:
12% of IDIs resulting in 72 lost work days.
5% of ODIs resulting in 151 lost work days.
The best way to prevent back injuries is to learn the right moves:
Practice good posture—maintain your back’s natural curves.
Practice good body mechanics and work techniques—good habits reduce the strain placed on the back.
Maintain physical fitness.
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