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.
Easy ways to reduce back injuries in your workplace:
- Strength testing of existing workers, which one study showed can prevent up to one-third of work-related injuries by discouraging the assignment of workers to jobs that exceed their strength capabilities.
- Training employees to utilize lifting techniques that place minimum stress on the lower back.
- Physical conditioning or stretching programs to reduce the risk of muscle strain.
In an effort to reduce injuries caused by lifting, Oregon OSHA has developed an easy lift app using a modified version of the NIOSH lifting equation. The app calculates the maximum safe lifting weight, with an additional limit for more than 45 degrees of twisting during lifting. This app can be used by anyone and is not state specific.
Share this app with your workers to reduce injuries in your workplace.
There is one thing you can always rely on: wherever your employees work, Arbill will be there to help you send them home safe every day. With a wide array of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and safety services Arbill can help you reduce the number of injuries in your workplace and save heartache and profits at the same time. Contact your Arbill representative today to find out how to start. Visit arbill.com for more information and subscribe to our Safety Blog to make sure you don’t miss out on more great safety tips.