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According to OSHA Fact Sheet No. 89-09, back injuries are the nation's number 1 workplace safety problem. This fact sheet further states:
Preventing back injuries is a major workplace safety challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.
Moreover, though lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering are involved in manual materials handling (the principal cause of work injuries) the BLS survey shows that four out of five of these injuries were to the lower back, and that three out of four occurred while the employee was lifting.
No approach has been found for totally eliminating back injuries caused by lifting, though it is felt that a substantial portion can be prevented by an effective control program and ergonomic design of work tasks. - OSHA Fact Sheet No. 89-09, http://www.ehs.okstate.edu/training/oshaback.htm
There is no one specific weight limit for any particular activity. However, there are guidelines and formulas for determining acceptable lifting limits for specific activities. You can find these guidelines at: http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_vii/otm_vii_1.html
Employee safety is perhaps the most compelling reason for the proper utilization of roll handling methods and equipment. However, roll damage and subsequently wasted material can occur if proper roll handling methods and equipment are not incorporated.
Written By: Jeffrey Damour, Sales Manager, Converter Accessory Corporation, Wind Gap, PA
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