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Does back belt use prevent on-the-job back pain and injury?

Authors
Wassell-JT; Gardner-LI; Landsittel-DP
Source
Inj Insights 2001 Jun-Jul; :1-2
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20021925
Abstract
Back injuries remain the largest single cause of worker disability in the United States, with almost 280,000 lost workday back injuries reported in 1998. In response, workers and employees have adopted the use of back belts as a preventive measure, with approximately 4 million back belts purchased in 1995. Even though back belts have become common in many workplaces, scientific evidence of their effectiveness has been equivocal. Although there have been other studies to evaluate back belts, we describe the largest study using a prospective design based on individual data. A full description of this study was published in the December 6, 2000, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Keywords
Work-environment; Workplace-monitoring; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Disabled-workers
Publication Date
20010601
Document Type
Newsletter
Email Address
thomasj@nsc.org
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DSR; NPPTL
Source Name
Injury Insights
State
WV
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