Preventing Lost-Time Injuries in the Warehouse
To prevent back injuries in the DC, you'll need to do more than just bring an expert in for a back injury prevention seminar in your break room.
(Boonton, NJ, October 1, 2009) The biggest problem with back injuries is that they are cumulative rather than the result of one major accident, say chiropractors Dr. Scott Bautch and Dr. Steven Conway in the October issue of industry newsletter, Distribution Center Management.
The worker is continually doing damage by lifting, bending, or twisting incorrectly, and suddenly the back can't take it anymore, resulting in a serious lost-time injury.
But to prevent back injuries in the DC, you'll need to do more than just bring an expert in for a back injury prevention seminar in your break room. Bautch and Conway, say that's not going to teach workers the skills they need.
"It's kind of like telling someone how to play golf, then you take them out to a course and expect them to hit a golf ball," Bautch says. Instead, take the training right out to the DC floor. Let workers show you exactly what types of loads they need to lift, and then you (or a trainer) can teach them how to lift properly to avoid injury.
For more information on how to help associates maintain a healthy spine, visit the Distribution Group website at http://www.DistributionGroup.com and click on Web Extras.
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