Monday, July 31, 2006

Work-related lifting injuries on the rise

Ergonomics program to prevent lifting injuries ...

"Injuries caused by lifting affect nearly every business – from restaurants to manufacturers – and account for more than 10 percent of all workers’ compensation claims in the state.

“Back injuries are really one injury that transcends all environments,” said Christopher Benson, senior loss-prevention consultant at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. “You could be working in manufacturing, in nursing or in an office and have a back injury.” Unfortunately, there are warning signs that more lifting injuries can be expected.

“What worries me is the work force is aging, and I expect we’ll see injuries go up,” said Jeff Johnson, a spokesman for Beacon Mutual. “Even people in their 20s are less in shape than they used to be, and being out of shape can lead to throwing your back out.”

Because of this, both employers and insurance companies are continually looking for ways to prevent these injuries – through ergonomics, mandatory stretching exercises and workshops on how to lift properly."   (Continued via Providence Business News)       [Ergonomics Resources]

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