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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
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or illnesses that result from overexertion or repetitive motion. They include soft-tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, tears, hernias, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders that result in days away from work most commonly involve the back alone. In 2016, musculoskeletal disorders involving the back accounted for 38.5 percent of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders.   The report shows Janitors and Cleaners in the 2nd highest category for injuries.  The high risk of working with dumpsters has a real cost to employees and employers alike
Employers who are devoted to user safety have made Dump Dolly an essential element of their ambitious list of dumpster safety procedures.  Designed with protective elements to prevent injuries, Dump Dolly lifts and empties bins removing the ergonomic risks associated with loading dumpsters.
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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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