Warehouse Safety Tips | Episode 27 | You Only Get ONE Back!

You Only Get ONE Back!

On today’s Podcast – we’re going to be covering Back Safety.  So stay tuned…

Welcome to Warehouse Safety Tips!

If you’re a seasoned Podcast Listener – this podcast is going to be different from most you listen to.  It’s based around exactly what the name implies – Warehouse Safety Tips.  And since the people in that industry are busy – we know time is money, so each episode will be as short and to the point as possible.

And now that all that is out of the way – let’s get to the Podcast!

I had a Chiropractor visit today – and thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to make our Podcast today about Back Safety.
When it comes to back pain – it appears I’m not alone.  As a matter of fact – you have a much better chance (80%) of having a situation where back pain affects your activity than not.
There are close to 10 MILLION NEW Back Injuries per year!
I entitled this Podcast “You Only Get ONE Back” – because I don’t want you to be among the 80% that experience pain OR injury your back.
There are lots of things that can contribute to pain or injury – the following are just a few:
  • Lifting
  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Carrying
  • Reaching
  • Slipping
  • Falling
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Now back to the Podcast…

We just went over several situations that can contribute to Back Pain and/or Injury – but let’s continue with ways to counteract potential issues.

  • It’s not something you’ll necessarily find in a manual – but it’s true nonetheless.  Regardless of how strong you think you are and/or how inconvenient or unnecessary you might think getting help or using protective gear is.  ALWAYS keep safety in mind.   Again – you only get ONE back!
  • Always know what the weight restrictions are BEFORE attempting to lift items.  Some items may be deceiving or awkward – and require an additional person or machinery to lift and/or move it.  Your back and your Safety Coordinator will thank you!
  • Use machinery (Hoists, Lift Trucks, etc.) whenever possible.
  • ALWAYS wear safety braces, belts, and harnesses where applicable!
  • When you have to reach or twist while lifting – please avoid it altogether and/or be aware that your Center Of Gravity can dramatically change.  Be certain you’re doing both in the most safe manner possible.
  • If your duties require you to stand in one spot – make sure you’re maintaining great posture and have the proper gear on you.  This includes, but isn’t limited to – belts, braces, and boots.  What’s under you matters as well.  This includes, but isn’t limited to – an area free of debris and/or slipping hazards and mats where applicable.
  • Sitting is another area you need to follow the rule of maintaining good posture and ergonomics.  You may not be lifting – but extended periods of sitting can be just as taxing on your back.  In addition to posture and ergonomics – be sure to stretch and stand throughout the day.
  • When carrying items – be sure to follow weight guidelines, have on the proper safety gear, employ another person to help if necessary, watch you footing and what’s around you, avoid debris and/or spills, and be safe and careful at all times.
  • When lifting – be sure to follow weight guidelines, get close to the item you’re lifting, lift with your knees and legs – and NOT your back, and keep your back straight.  Don’t twist or bend while lifting.
  • It’s been mentioned throughout this Podcast – but always pay attention, have on the proper Safety Equipment, and actively avoid creating and/or being involved in debris, spills, and/or slick areas whenever possible.  Doing these things will help you avoid falling down or slipping.
  • And last – but certainly not least – take part in stretching and/or pre-shift exercises to assure you’re ready for what’s ahead.
These steps aren’t everything you need to know – but they’re certainly a great place to start in helping you protect your back.
Thank you for listening to Warehouse Safety Tips – and have a SAFE day!

 

 

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