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Lifting and carrying are power jobs that require special care and training to prevent back injuries.
Back injuries accounted for 177,580 of the total 905,690 injuries in the private sector in 2012,
Injury Facts 2015. Back injuries can be difficult to treat and may result in lengthy and expensive rehabilitation.
Whether lifting at home or at work, make an effort to take special care of your back. The National Safety Council has a number of suggestions to prevent lift-and-carry injuries and keep your back strong and healthy.
You will work better if you start each day with slow stretches. These warm-ups let you ease comfortably into your workday and help you avoid injury.
Leg and Back Warm-up
Power Lifting Tips
Oversized or Tough Lifting Jobs
Always use your stomach as a low-back support by pulling it in during lifting. Remember, a strong, healthy back helps you enjoy life. Avoid injuries by making it a full-time job to take care of your back.
For more information on the
ergonomics of lifting, visit the Occupational Safety & Health Administration website.
Available in print or as a download, and coming soon, Injury Facts web version.
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