Topic Overview: Lifting and Ergo

Practice Proper Lifting Technique and Ergonomics to Avoid Injuries on the Job

According to the National Safety Council, manual handling of objects causes an estimated 25% of all occupational injuries. While there’s no one rule to eliminate lifting-related injuries, there are a variety of tried-and-true best practices for both employees and employers such as establishing administrative controls to reduce overexertion.

It’s equally important to practice ergonomic principles to improve the “fit” between the worker and the workspace whether you are working from home or in the office. A practical approach considers the match between the person, the equipment they use, their work processes and the work environment. A person’s capabilities, physical attributes and work habits must be recognized to improve ergonomic factors in the workplace.

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