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Does Body Mechanics Training Really Prevent Back Injuries?

- October 2, 2019 by Brian Piñon, CSP (View all posts by Brian)
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Manual materials handling is the risk exposure responsible for the highest share of claims costs among ICW policyholders. Historically, many employers have turned to body mechanics training to reduce injury frequency. What these employers don’t know is that study after …  Read more …

Reducing Material Handling Claims in the Workplace

- October 18, 2017 by Paula Tetrault (View all posts by Paula)
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Do you know what the leading cause of workers compensation claims is each year and one of the most costly? Injuries related to manual material handling and strains and sprains. In fact, manual material handling injuries account for nearly one-third …  Read more …

Put Some Backbone into Your Safe Lifting Program: The Value of a Safety Lifting Policy

- February 9, 2017 by Terio Duran (View all posts by Terio)
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics report that back injuries account for more than 40% of all musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. Back injuries are also some of the costliest types of claims accounting for significant increases in workers’ compensation premiums …  Read more …

Techniques in Training – Inspiring Commitment Rather than Compliance

- September 28, 2016 by Brian Piñon, CSP (View all posts by Brian)
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Two of my colleagues recently wrote blogs outlining creative and engaging training techniques on eye safety. Both involved having workers wear a blindfold or pair of blacked-out safety glasses to demonstrate how blinding an eye injury can be, and how …  Read more …

Reducing Your Risk of Failure When Securing Cargo With Synthetic Slings

- July 5, 2016 by Brian Piñon, CSP (View all posts by Brian)
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Synthetic slings are trusted to withstand forces of hundreds, even thousands of pounds. Regardless of how often they are used, proper care and maintenance reduces your risk of sling failure, injury, and property damage. In this blog I will review …  Read more …

Safety Sound Off – Practical Solutions for Material Handling Exposures

- April 1, 2016 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)
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Manual materials handling accounts for a significant percentage of the thousands of cases of musculoskeletal disorders reported annually in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), workers’ compensation costs for an average lost-time injury for a …  Read more …