As an employer or manager, you are responsible for providing a safe and stable working environment for your employees. Without proper safety equipment, training and practices, your workers' efficiency declines to the point where absenteeism becomes a major threat to your company's growth and success.
Did you know that back injuries are the most common reason for absenteeism, right after the common cold?
According to recent reports, 80% of adults are estimated to experience a back injury at some point in their lifetime, and these injuries account for over 24% of all workplace injury and illness involving days away from work. Back-related workplace injuries range from minor dull and achy to serious sharp and stabbing lumbar pain. These injuries limit employees’ ability to do their jobs and result in increased worker’s comp claims and downtime.
The most common causes of back injuries include:
Preventing back injuries is a workplace safety effort that we are in need of constant reminder to uphold and maintain best practices for our worker’s back health. As back injuries affect so many people in the general workforce, it’s become very problematic for employers and employees alike.
According to a 2011 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common workplace injuries resulting in the most missed days -- by a long shot -- are sprains, strains and tears. These nonfatal musculoskeletal work-related injuries account for 38% of all injuries in the workplace.
Welcome back to this week’s Arbill Blog Series, “What’s Wrong With These Pictures?” Part 1 in this series highlighted back injury risks and the benefits of ergonomics, while Part 2 summarized proper lifting techniques along with how to minimize the effects of manual material handing. We hope you found these posts useful for your own workplace safety efforts!
Welcome back to this week’s Arbill Blog Series, “What’s Wrong With These Pictures?” We hope you found our first installment on back injury risks and the benefits of ergonomics helpful.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.