Back injuries comprise a large percentage of work

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Back injuries comprise a large percentage of work place reported injuries. It is very important that when lifting large or heavy objects to remember some key steps in order to stay healthy and safe.First, consider stretching briefly to loosen up the muscles and to promote good circulation. Next, consider proper protective equipment that one should have while performing this task. A properly fitted back support and non-slip work gloves need to be considered. Next, size up the task. How heavy is the box? This can be answered by gentlylifting on a corner to determine its weight. If it is determined that the box is too heavy for one person, then the process should be suspended until additional help can be located.If at his point it is confirmed to be a single person task, make a plan and ensure there is a clear path to navigate that is free of trip or snag hazards. Next grasp the box while it's still on the table and slide it close to the torso. With feet flat and proper hip/torso alignment, lift the box. Now with the weight close to the body step away from the table while maintaining good posture and alignment.Now, bend at the knees and proceed in a squatting fashion while keeping one’s
head and shoulders level and begin to lower the box while keeping the back as straight as possible. Once the box is on the ground, one can release the grasp on the box and slowly return to the standing position using good posture and fluid movements.Each of us reacts habitually when we see money on the ground; we bend over and pick it up. Describe how you would get employees to avoid improper bendingto pick up items from the ground in situations such as this. Use the four Es:

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