Manual handling of loads between waist and shoulder height puts tremendous strain on the back, and body stressing causes the vast majority of all work related back injuries. If manual lifting is unavoidable, using correct lifting techniques and not lifting beyond the workerâ€™s capacity can help reduce risk of injury.
Musculoskeletal disorder is both an injury and a disease affecting bodiesâ€™ musculoskeletal system ranging from muscles, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. A back support belt can provide abdominal support, and serve as a reminder that a worker is about to lift, and to employ safe lifting techniques.
Education particularly to young workers about correct lifting techniques, and the dangers of repetitive manual tasks can increase worker awareness of the problem. However in several industries and day to day tasks, manual lifting or kneeling is unavoidable. To remove any residual risk, ergonomically designed PPE like knee pads, kneeling pads and back support belts can provide, cushioning, support and also serve as a reminder to use correct manual work techniques to bend, lift or kneel.
Pryme Australia provides Ergodyne support belts in two separate categories, Back Support Belt Weight Lifters – 1500 in different sizes ranging from small to 4XL.