Back Injuries

4 Major Causes of Workplace Back Injuries (and What to Do About Them)

Back injuries are a major concern in workplaces around the world, and with good reason—even minor back pain can alter a person’s quality of life, and can dramatically affect workplace productivity and morale. If it worsens, there are also compensation costs to consider should the worker be forced to take time off.

4 Back Injury Prevention Resources

Back pain is such a prevalent issue that it’s one of the top two reasons why people visit the doctor. It’s no surprise then that plenty of resources have been produced to help combat back issues in the workplace.

Teach (and practice) safe lifting techniques

This is an excerpt from the article “5 Ways to Beat Back Pain” originally published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Leader.

Why You Should Start Clocking Employees’ Stretch Breaks

Everyone knows proper stretch breaks are important. But few people take them with regularity, and almost no one does as frequently as they should. Which is a shame, because providing muscles with adequate rest will prevent repetitive strain and is a key feature of long-term back health.

3 Ways to Use Our Back Guide

We recently released our free guide on re-thinking back injuries. It covers all the traditional areas of back safety, like proper lifting techniques, the consequences of hurting your back, and weight thresholds for safe lifting. It also outlines human factors issues and an under-discussed problem with back belts.

The Link Between Shoveling Snow and Workplace Back Injuries

For many of us living in the northern United States and Canada, snow is an unavoidable reality of winter. With the amount of time spent shoveling the driveway and scraping ice off the car, few people want to give any more thought to snow than they have to.

But that means it’s especially important to have regular conversations about it at work. And here’s why.

5 Ways to Beat Back Pain

Back pain is a serious issue for millions of people. In fact, it’s the most-cited body part for missing time at work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.