Don’t Let Lifting Get You Down

by | Sep 3, 2015 | Workers Compensation

Lifting safety

Your business depends on the productivity of your employees.  One way to maximize your employees’ potential is to acknowledge and address problems that cause decreased productivity.  According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 38% of American workers surveyed experienced “low levels of energy, poor sleep or a feeling of fatigue” during their past two weeks at work. Workers who are fatigued in the workplace are less productive, less focused, experience more health problems and are more likely to be involved in a job-related safety incident.

Fatigue in the workplace is a serious issue today—one that is costing employers a lot of money in lost productivity.

Follow these directions to help avoid serious injury:

  • Always follow all safety rules and protocols associated with a task.
  • Always wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Don’t try to lift or lower more than is specified by protocol or procedure.
  • If a task calls for two people, don’t try to do it yourself.
  • When bending down, bend at the knees, not the waist.
  • Always use appropriate lifts, hoists, conveyors, pallets and other equipment to assist in lifting and lowering tasks. If any equipment is broken or malfunctioning, inform your supervisor immediately.
  • Avoid bending and twisting at the same time, when possible.
  • When lifting, hold the item or load as closely to your body as possible.
  • If you have questions about a task, ask your supervisor.


If you do get injured on the job or feel pain associated with a task such as back, joint or wrist pain, inform your supervisor immediately. FBinsure is committed to a safe and injury-free workplace.  For more information about Workers’ Compensation call any of our eight convenient locations


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