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Back injuries: hazard alert.

Authors
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Source
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Apr; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20039434
Abstract
In construction, 25 percent of injuries are back injuries. Construction has the highest rate of back injuries of any industry, except transportation. Every year, a back injury causes 1 in 100 construction workers to miss work - usually missing about 7 workdays, but sometimes more than 30. Most of the back problems are low-back injuries. Repeated injury to your back can cause permanent damage and end your career. Most back injuries are sprains and strains from lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, and pulling materials. You are at higher risk of low-back injury if you often carry heavy loads, must twist while carrying heavy loads, or work a lot while bent over or in other awkward postures.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Hazards; Back-injuries; Ergonomics; Equipment-design; Human-factors-engineering; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Lost-work-days; Body-regions; Repetitive-work; Weight-factors; Manual-lifting; Manual-materials-handling; Materials-handling; Spasms; Posture; Overloading; Force
Contact
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
Publication Date
20040430
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Back Injuries: Hazard Alert
State
MD
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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