Presentation on theme: "Back Safety/Lifting Techniques"— Presentation transcript:
1 Back Safety/Lifting Techniques Discuss any major injuries that have occurred.Mention the most hazardous back safety jobs in the plant.
2 Back Activities Reaching, bending over, sitting, standing in one place Skiing, hiking, bike ridingPlaying with your children and grandchildrenWorking and feeling productiveDiscuss the activities that are pertinent to your plant.
3 Training Goals Back injury prevention Use/learn proper lifting techniquesLearn back stretching techniquesMaintain/enhance high comfort level at work and homeEmphasize that this isn’t just for work, it’s a “quality of life” issue.
4 Back Facts80% of Americans will have a back injury that requires medical attentionBack injuries are the second most common cause of lost work time, next to the common coldBack injuries occur more often at home than they do at workInjured backs are often subject to reinjuryIn addition to missed work, there may be a lifetime of painEmphasize that many of these injuries are preventable.Beside lost work time they may lose the ability to do activities at home, weekends lost!
5 Back Facts Back Parts Vertebrae Spinal cord Disks Muscles, ligaments, tendonsPotential Back InjuryStrain or sprainBulging diskHerniated diskEmphasize the interconnection between parts.
6 Preventable Causes of Injury Years of abusePoor postureUnconditioned backExcess weight and potbelliesBad lifting techniquesTalk about physical conditioning.Emphasize the correlation between stomach muscles and back pain.
8 Maintaining Back Health Good posture - maintain the backs natural curvesGood physical conditioningA strong stomach will help prevent back painFlexibility - the more flexible, the less chance of injury due to strains/sprainsGood lifting techniques - Bend at the kneesEmphasize good posture in all activities (standing, walking, sitting, sleeping, lifting, etc.).Refer to attached hand out.
9 Helpful Exercises Walking Stretching (Regularly during day) Sit-ups Leg lifts (Bend knees and lift)SquatsPreventing back injuries has much to do with physical health.
10 Lifting EquipmentPowered equipment such as forklifts, powered carts, and electric pallet jacksHandtrucks, carts, pallet jacksCranes and hoistsConveyorsDiscuss these that apply to your facility.
11 Have a Lifting Plan Size up the load Clear the path Unloading zone WeightShape and sizeClear the pathObjectsTight doorways or cornersUnloading zoneEmployees need to know their limits.Make sure they clear path; another injury due to trips could potentially be added.
12 Proper Lift Stand close with a shoulder-width stance Squat by bending your knees and hipsPull the load close and grip itTighten your stomach, lift your headRise up with your legsMake sure you can seeTake small, stable stepsDo not twist your backRefer to the “Proper Lifting Techniques” posters that are posted in the plant.
14 Proper Unloading Squat down with the load Do not bend your back over with the loadBe careful of fingersShoulders level with the loadSlide the load closeUse your legsPractice/demonstrate a proper lift?
15 Lifting Bags Squat down next to the bag Grab it at opposite corners Lift it up to your thigh or waistStand upPut the load on your shoulder
16 Team Lifting Designate a person to lead the lift Lift at the same time Keep the load levelUnload slowly togetherEmphasize that if one person twists or turns without the other knowing, it could result in injury. Lead person for each lift.
17 Think About Your Back Don’t be lazy Think long term Don’t try to lift too muchConsider your back in all thingsEmphasize “long term”. This is not just for the job it’s for life.
18 Summary Maintain back posture and conditioning Use available lifting equipmentHave a lifting planUse your legsAlways think about your back
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