How to Lift a Large Load
The number one cause for worker’s compensation injuries is the overexertion of an employee’s body. These injuries can occur after heavy or excessive lifting, pulling, carrying, throwing, and pushing.
Many jobs in every industry such as restaurants, grocery stores, dental offices, and many more have positions that require such work. Even smaller tasks such as carrying copy paper in an office can cause back pain, leg pain, arm pain, and other strain injuries.
Don’t be the hero – feel comfortable asking for help if something is too heavy for you to move or lift safely. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed recommended procedures regarding lifting. Some of the rules to lift by include:
- Loads should be kept close to the body; don’t reach out for an object.
- Move slowly and purposefully; don’t jerk or twist your body.
- Lift with your legs, not with your back.
- Think about how you will lift the load: If you think the load is too heavy, seek help.
- It’s recommended that employees do not lift loads heavier than 35 pounds without assistance.
Labor Statistics Musculoskeletal disorder
Back injuries in the workplace
Considering it is the second most common cause of missed days of work in the U.S., you most likely understand how debilitating a back injury can be. Only the common cold causes more lost work days.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2007, nearly 236,000 people missed work because of back injury. Each lost an average of 7 days on the job.
Over the last ten years, Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) members have filed over 1200 claims on upper and lower back injuries. More than 5 million dollars were incurred on back strains associated with lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting and repetitive motion
The goals of employers are to: (1) prevent employee back injuries (2) reduce lost work time and productivity, and (3) reduce the dollars incurred for injuries and claims. By reducing the risks associated with worker’s dumping the trash/materials utilizing a Dump Dolly, all three goals can be achieved.
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