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Back Safety & Lifting

Contributor: Safesite • Jurisdiction: OSHA

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Preventing back injuries is a major workplace safety challenge. More than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Use this OSHA inspection to ensure your workforce is using the correct lifting and moving techniques to protect their back. This should be used regularly by team leaders, floor supervisors and safety managers

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Back Safety & Lifting

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1. Are workers observed moving materials manually (i.e. lifting, pushing or pulling)?

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2. Have employees been trained in safe lifting principles?

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3. Have employees been trained to identify lifting hazards on the job, and methods to avoid injury?

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4. Are workers trained to report symptoms of ergonomic stress like back pain, strains and sprains to management?

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5. Are Supervisors and Lead workers aware of ergonomic risk factors such as awkward postures or repetitive tasks?

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6. Are work surfaces, conveyors and packing equipment adjustable to allow different sized workers to work comfortable wether sitting or standing?

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7. Does the company have a written Ergonomic Safety or Safe Lifting Program?

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8. Are workers required to manually lift greater than 50 Lbs on a regular basis during a shift?

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9. Are Heavy materials which must be lifted manually stored off the ground, not lower than knee height or higher than shoulder height?

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10. Are workers trained to push a load, not pull when possible?

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11. Are lifting and carrying devices (dollies, hand trucks, pry bars, etc.) available and in good condition to avoid manual lifting of heavy objects?

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12. Are workers required to operate tools or equipment with a "trigger" or that are activated by squeezing during an entire shift?

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13. Does the company provide back braces, wrist supports or other ergonomic equipment to workers?

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14. Are workers allowed to work overtime and is fatigue management employed by Supervisors to avoid ergonomic injuries?

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