Editor’s Note: Injury prevention and wellness handouts are an effective (and inexpensive) way to educate and motivate employees to use good work practices and take care of their bodies.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the free Proper Lifting Techniques PDF file.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than one million workers experience back injuries each year.
One fourth of all workers compensation indemnity claims are a result of back injuries. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people miss work, second only to the common cold.
In America, we spend more than $100 billion annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work from back injuries and illnesses. More importantly, this problem causes unnecessary discomfort and pain to workers which can have a devastating effect on their lifestyle and ability to work.
A BLS survey shows that 75% of back injuries occurred while performing lifting tasks, which underscores the importance of reducing back injuries caused by lifting.
Prevent Back Injuries With Proper Lifting Techniques Education
Educating employees on proper lifting techniques should be a key employee training objective in your education program. Workers are making decisions moment by moment that affect their work and the toll it takes on their bodies. Educated decisions and behaviors require education!
Employee handouts are a good way to increase employee awareness and basic education. We’ve put together a handout specifically for proper lifting techniques.