When you work in an industrial setting, it’s important to protect your back – after all, it’s your livelihood. Practicing these back safety tips can keep you healthy, active, and earning. Learn these to help ensure you don’t miss any workdays or spend all your free time recovering from a work-related industry.
Strengthen Your Core
Strong abdominal muscles are essential in protecting and supporting your back. Just a few minutes a day spent on basic abdominal exercises such as planks or crunches can make a big difference. And you don’t have to be rocking a six-pack to get the benefits of a strong core. Even if you’re sporting a bit of padding, if your underlying abdominal structure is sound, you’ll go a long way toward protecting your back.
Practice Safe Lifting Techniques
Everyone knows you’re supposed to “lift with your legs,” but what does that really mean? Start by tightening those abs you’ve been working so hard on. Bend your knees and keep the item close to your body as you lift. This technique can help prevent muscle strains and pulls, as well as more serious injuries.
Know Your Limits
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the average industrial worker can lift about 51 pounds, but that’s assuming that there is no twisting involve and that the item is easy to grip. It also assumes it is not an awkward shape or size.
Grab a Friend
If there is any chance that a package or item could be too heavy to lift, don’t risk injury, ask for help! Is it worth the bragging rights you may earn from lifting a heavy package on your own if you’re bragging from flat on your back on the couch? Lean more on your common sense than your ego while lifting.
Remember You’re Not at the Gym
Just because you can bench press your bodyweight doesn’t mean you can move a package of the same weight. In the gym, the load is perfectly balanced, the handgrip is ideal, and spotters are easily available if you struggle. This is not typically the case when you are at work.
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