Professional Staff Northwest strives to minimize workplace injuries. Part of partnering with our employees and clients is talking about and being aware of good safety practices. One of the various types of injuries that can occur on the job is back strain. Back strain is caused from lifting incorrectly. It results from the over stretching of certain muscles and can be avoided by employing correct lifting techniques and asking for help when having to move something heavy and/or awkward.
Lifting safely is one the most important things you can do to protect your back throughout your lifetime. Back injuries are a painful, sometimes debilitating, problem in many industries. The key to back care lies with the individual worker.
Here are some tips:
- When you have to lift an object, always plan ahead. Decide how you are going to pick up the load, carry it and set it down, then check the route for obstructions. Always get assistance if the load is too heavy or too awkward.
- As you lift, position your feet close to the load and squat – don’t bend down. Rise to a standing position, using the strong muscles in your legs rather than the weaker ones in your back. Don’t twist your body when carrying the load. Lower yourself to a squatting position as you set it down.
- Take several short rest breaks at work by standing up and doing a few minutes of stretching exercises. If your job requires you to stand all day, try placing one foot on a slightly higher surface to relax tight back muscles.
Safety First! And always remember if the job cannot be done safely than don’t do it!! Get help or talk to a Supervisor.