Mishandling materials often leads to sprains and strains, which happens to be the leading cause of workplace injuries. An estimated 32% of all workplace injuries are related to musculoskeletal disorders in material handlers. Workers in Manufacturing and Retail suffer the most injuries, accounting for 37% of all injuries.
Travelers Companies reviewed more than a million workers’ compensation claims over the course of four years and found that material handling was the most common cause for accidents. These injuries affect the day to day tasks of your employees. Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries can cause employees to abstain from work for week and even months. Not to mention, missed work delays productivity which affects your bottom line.
Think Smart. Use These Safety Precautions.
Proper Lifting Techniques Include:
Sprains and strains are avoidable if safety precautions are met. Review proper lifting techniques at toolbox meetings, staff meetings or shift changes. Whether you work in construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare or any other field, we recommend incorporating back safety and material handling safety training as part of your annual refresher topics.
If you have questions, talk to one of our SRP Safety Consultants today. Call us at (318) 222-2364. We have seven convenient locations in Dallas, Denver, Charlotte, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh. Remember: Do not risk injuring your back; move the load mechanically or ask someone to help you.