Work injuries occur every day, costing employers and employees time, money and pain. Simple prevention strategies, such as health and safety meetings, are critical to keep everyone aware of nearby dangers.
Industrial businesses, or even facilities with a simple warehouse, have heavy objects that require movement throughout the day. The use of industrial work belts keeps workers aware of their back health and supports heavy lifting.
The Basics Of Work Belts
Your lower back is comprised of the lumbar and sacral regions, essentially your mid-back to tailbone. Industrial work belts wrap around this area and firmly connect using a Velcro construction. Straps, similar to suspenders, extend off the belt to loop around your shoulders.
As you lift an object, the belt forces your body into an ergonomic position. The belt remains in place by the tight pressure on your abdominals and back, along with the shoulder straps.
Keeping In Position
You may know that you need to lift with your legs, but a heavy load often makes you compensate unnaturally to get the object moving. Industrial work belts allow you to keep the right position.
For example, if you try to bend the back excessively, the belt’s pressure forces you back into the right position. It’s critical to wear the belt correctly to maintain position.
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Affix the belt tightly, but comfortable enough to breathe and move normally. Allow the belt to correct you as you lift. Do not fight its shape. Back pain and injury are real threats to everyday work comfort and productivity.
Work belts don’t work because of their pressure on your back. In fact, you can increase your productivity by lifting slightly heavier objects because the belt places pressure on your abdominal muscles.
Your torso, or core, consists of an intricate muscle array of both back and abdominal muscles. When you lift, it’s both the back and abdominal muscles that are working to hold your body steady.
Because the work belt forces you to use your abdominal muscles, you can pick up heavy objects that are otherwise too difficult without the work belt. Avoid trying to pick up objects that are excessively heavy, however. Work belts don’t replace sheer muscle strength.
Preventing Medical Bills And Chronic Pain
A major cause of work absenteeism is from back pain. That kind of lost productivity is a hit below the belt. By protecting the back, you avoid high insurance costs as an employer and excessive medical bills as an employee.
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