Improper Lifting: Potential Injuries and How to Protect Against Them

In the United States, nearly 6,000 people die and 6.3 million are injured each year at the workplace. Over 1 million of these incidents result in acute or chronic back problems, making it the number one occupational injury in the nation. In most cases, back injuries occur at the workplace by using improper postural lifting techniques, attempting to lift a load that is too heavy or by adding resistance to a new task without practicing its movements in a safe and controlled manner beforehand. A number of back injuries are a result of repetitive motions done over a long period of time, but it is also important to remember that it only takes one wrong move or one missed step to trigger acute back pain that can turn into a lifelong annoyance.

Common Occupational Improper Lifting Injuries:

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