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What Is Your Back IQ? Back injuries are a painful, sometimes debilitating, problem in many industries. Back strains can often be avoided by reducing the size or weight of materials handled by employees, by using mechanical aids such as hoists, conveyors or hydraulic lifts, and by making certain that employees are well trained in lifting techniques. But the key to back care lies with the individual worker. Everyone should be a back care "expert" and be able to answer the following questions: Question: What's the most important lifting rule to remember? Answer:  Keep The Load Close! There are many other lifting rules, like...

Safe Lifting Techniques Back injuries account for about one in every five job-related injuries in workplaces.  Disabling back injuries are no laughing matter for workers who lose time from work or from personal activities.  The sad truth is that most of the pain and lost time can been prevented if you are aware of how the back functions and how to lift safely to protect your back. The back is a network of fragile ligaments, discs, and muscles which can easily be thrown out of order.  The back’s complex design breaks down when it’s forced to perform activities it was not designed...