Friday, September 01, 2006

Fighting Back

Workplace productivity decreased by back injuries ...

"Back injuries are a staunch enemy of a productive work force and a healthy bottom line. Defeating such a formidable foe requires a comprehensive strategy – one that goes beyond a one-size-fits-all mantra.

Bend your knees. Keep your back straight. Lift with your legs. Now, repeat that mantra three times. Good. This concludes your back safety training.

Clearly, it's important to educate workers on proper lifting techniques. But if that's the extent of your back injury prevention program, experts agree you're just scratching the surface.

Unfortunately, Fred Drennan, president and CEO of Ojai, Calif.-based Team Safety Inc., believes it's all-too-common.

"That's why U.S. workplaces haven't done a very good job of eliminating back injuries," Drennan says.

The numbers seem to bear this out. Of the 1.3 million reported lost-time injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2003, sprains and strains – most often involving the back – were far and away the leading type of injury in every major industry sector, accounting for 43 percent of the total lost-time cases, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)."   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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