What's Your Back Safety IQ?

Published: December 11, 2013

Try this quick True/False test to see how much you know about proper lifting techniques and back safety.

  1. Using just fingers to grasp the load gives better control and grip for lifting.
  2. Stand with your feet apart and away from the load for more stability and lifting maneuverability.
  3. Back pain accounts for a major portion of all recorded absences from work.
  4. Back pain is the third leading cause of physical limitation and disability.
  5. Using the legs and back equally for lifting is the most efficient and least damaging method.
  6. Having someone help you lift something can create awkward and inconsistent lifting techniques, which can cause accidents.

The Answers:

  1. False. Using the palm of your hand supplies you with more gripping surface and offers a firmer grasp on the load. Using just your fingers could cause the item to slip.
  2. Trick question! This one is partly true. Standing with your feet apart makes you more stable, and having one foot slightly ahead of the other is better yet. But, your feet should be close to, not away from, the load. The closer to your spine that you can hold the load, the less force it exerts on the back. This is one of the most important rules of lifting.
  3. True.
  4. True.
  5. False. The role of the back is to provide support not do the lifting. Your legs should do the majority of the work.
  6. False. It’s typically better to have help lifting heavy and awkward loads. Just agree on how you will do the lift before beginning.

How did you do?

Did this quick quiz reveal a need for more information on back safety and preferred lifting methods? Federated’s Packaged Programs, Back Safety #1 and Back Safety #2 were created for Federated clients to inform and remind their employees of the importance of keeping their backs healthy. Call the Federated Risk Management Resource Center at 1-800-838-1760 or your Federated Marketing Rep for ordering details.