BACK AND OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES. CARE AND PREVENTION. STATISTICS. Almost 100% will suffer some musculoskeletal problem in their lifetime 80% of work-age persons have already experienced some back pain or discomfort 100 million work days lost annually
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CARE AND PREVENTION
To reduce stress on lower back rest one foot at a time
Keep work area at elbow levelSTANDING POSTURE
Keep your body flexible (not rigid or fixed)
Don’t force your body to conform to its workspaceSTRETCH OFTEN & SHIFT POSITIONS
Wear slip resistant shoes?
Clear a pathway before you move the item?
Visualize the move before you start.PREPARING TO LIFT OR MOVE
Is the load big, bulky, heavy?
Do you need help?
Remember, no single technique will work in all circumstancesLIFT WITH COMMON SENSE!
Use proper equipment
- Hand trucks
- Dollies or carts
Re-adjust the load or your position before you liftNeed Help Or Assistance?
Below knee level? Bend with your knees and lift with your legs
Above your shoulders? Use a stool or ladderThe Safe Lifting Zone
Bend the knees- not the waist
Tighten abdominal muscles to support your spine
Get a good grip- use both hands
Place hands on opposite corners for balanceWhen You Lift ---
Use your leg muscles as you lift
Keep your back upright, in its natural posture
Lift steadily and smoothly without jerkingWhen You Lift ---
Lift from an uncomfortable posture
Fight to recover a dropped object
Lift and twist at the same timeWhen You LiftDo Not!
Utilize stretch routine frequently to keep body flexible
Helps prevent injury
Do not overdo-- follow doctor’s instruction carefullyExercise Program