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Safe Lifting

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Necessary for the comfort and health of employees worldwide, safe lifting practices and standards are caught up in a national debate over ergonomics. Ergonomics, or the practice of fitting the workplace to the worker, is under heavy debate regarding the lack of consensus on the scientific and medical principles behind the movement. While there seems to be physical sense in the ideas of ergonomics, medical proof is insubstantial, and the lack of widely accepted diagnostic criteria as of yet make it difficult to stage recognized tests.

The NCE (National Coalition on Ergonomics) quotes impressive numbers regarding the reduction of injuries from strain and repetitive motion over the last 10 years or so. By promoting practices such as safe lifting, employers and employees across the country are working together to bring injury levels down, and keep employees healthy, happy, and productive in the workplace. Over the last 8 years, the number of reported workplace injuries from repetitive motion and related stresses has decreased every year, which indicates a change for the better.

Ergonomics and Safe Lifting

For applications involving lifting, using a back support for safe lifting can definitely reduce the risk of back strain and other often-unnecessary injuries. Many back supports feature pull supports and adjustable shoulder straps for a comfortable fit. They are also usually produced with lightweight nylon that is cool, comfortable, and washable.

Back supports are also sometimes produced using spring steel stays sewed into the upper and lower edges of the support. The stays provide extra security and fit, and help the product keep its shape over time. Back supports without shoulder straps are also available for less demanding applications.


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