Statistics show that 80% of adults will experience a back injury in their lifetime. More than one million back injuries are sustained in the workplace each year and 80% of those injuries are associated with manual tasks lifting materials.
Much of this can be attributed to the fact that most people don’t know how to lift heavy objects properly. Repeated lifting of materials, sudden movements, and lifting and twisting at the same time can all cause back injuries.
Preventing Back Injury:
You can prevent back pain by preparing when you know you will be lifting heavy objects. Take some time to inspect the items you will be moving. Test their weight and decide if you will need assistance or if you can lift it yourself.
You can also prepare the items you will be lifting to ensure they are as easy to move as possible. Pack smaller boxes instead of larger ones, disassemble furniture to make it lighter and plan to use a cart or dolly if needed.
Map out a safe route to between the two spots you will be lifting objects between. Ensure there is nothing blocking your path and that there are no tripping hazards or slippery floors.
Stretch your muscles to prepare them for the strenuous activity ahead. A warm-up increases the temperature in your muscles which makes them more pliable, increases your range of motion and reduces your risk for injuries. [Read more…]