Back Safety and Lifting Techniques
Although proper lifting techniques are important in back safety, simply using proper technique will not reduce the risk for injury. Rather, the proper ergonomic control should be implemented to minimize or eliminate the lift. The use of carts, dollies/hand trucks, vacuum lifts, conveyors, and scissors lifts, which reduce or eliminate the lift and impact on employees will truly reduce the injury risk. These controls and equipment should be implemented whenever feasible. Unfortunately, not all lifting can be eliminated. When lifting cannot be reduced or eliminated, proper training and lifting techniques, along with other administrative controls, should be implemented.