Are back injuries a problem at your workplace?
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers have experienced back injuries, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics tries to make your job fit your needs, rather than making you fit your job. The purpose of ergonomics is to reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses that can result from stress on muscles, nerves, and joints. Lower back injuries are one of the most common areas to get injured while performing duties in the workplace.
Your back is in motion all day, every day, even when you sleep. It bends when you sit, twists when you turn, lifts when you stand and supports you when you walk. The back is one of the strongest anatomical structures of the body. However, heavy lifting, repetitive movements, and/or sitting all day can weaken the back. An injured back can be uncomfortable and can even be disabling.
The most common types of job-related back injuries are:
- Strains resulting from overused or over stretched muscles
- Sprains possibly from torn ligaments from sudden movement
- Herniated disk caused by the spine’s cushioning ability from strain or age
A strong ergonomics program helps to prevent injuries and/or illness, increases productivity and ultimately improves employee morale and retention. Going beyond meeting compliance requirements results in a strong safety culture and is a key driver to a company’s overall business strategy.
CAPACCIO can help by:
- Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis to identify at risk behaviors and identify improvements
- Creating and conducting safe lifting training for employees
- Conducting ergonomic evaluations
At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EHS with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success. Our unique approach combines our extensive EHS experience with innovative tools, such as our EHS Dashboard™, to effectively address your challenges. Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EHS and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.