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June 6, 2011

How To Protect Yourself from Back Injury

As you start your summer yard work is that old back injury of your starting to kick in? Back problems can be debilitating and cause a great amount of pain and suffering. One of the troubles with back injuries is they often develop slowly over time, and are due to the repeated, incorrect use of the back. This incorrect motion can be from anything, including how you move around at work and at home. From moving a box around the office, to shoveling mulch in your backyard, any improper lifting techniques can cause you pain.

There are different lifting techniques which can help you make the most out of your body’s mechanics in order to get the work you need done without harming your back. “Back Safety: Proper Lifting Procedures” presents different lifting techniques such as, the basic leg lift, cradle lift, overhead lift, strongman’s lift and team lifting.

Back Safety: Exercise and Ergonomics” presents ways to make ergonomic improvements to prevent injury to the back. This course demonstrates how you can protect your back in different working conditions, from sitting at a desk to unloading a truck.

Finally, “Backs: Safe Lifting” demonstrates lifting techniques for the workplace and home which allow you to protect your back while getting things done. Lifting methods in this course focus on using your leg muscles, instead of putting all the pressure on your back. Seeing examples of how this type of lifting can be used in a variety of situations will help you adapt safe lifting techniques.

  1. I work as a back care adviser in healthcare and would like to request permission to use the photograph of the person doing laundry as a training picture training as it captures so many of the every day risks in manual handling.
    The photograph would only be used for training pruposes and the source would be accredited.
    Please advise if you are happy for me to be able to use this?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

      1. That would be great – thanks. I would be using the image during a training session on manual handling risk assessment to healthcare staff in the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
        I look forward to hearing from you.

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