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  • Lifting is a common task in many workplaces.

  • Yet many employers may not be aware of how to reduce the risk associated with lifting.

  • Bending, reaching, and twisting while lifting can result in back pain.

  • Handling heavy loads or repeating the same motions can also increase the risk of injury.

  • Back injuries are painful and can be debilitating, not to mention expensive.

  • They cost millions of dollars in claims every year.

  • Employers are required to reduce the risk to workers by implementing control measures; for example,

  • using mechanical assistance to handle heavy loads,

  • raising the load to minimize bending,

  • and rotating the load to minimize reaching.

  • For more information about lifting in the workplace go to

Lifting is a common task in many workplaces.

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