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Mining Publication: A Scientific Look at Back Belts

Original creation date: January 1994

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In recent years there has been a tremendous increase in the use of back belts by companies attempting to control back injury costs. Many claims have been made regarding the effectiveness of back belts; however, not many of these have been based on sound scientific evidence. In fact, there is contradictory information on the value of back belts. The U.S. Bureau of Mines reviewed literature relating to the effectiveness of back belts in the workplace.

Authors: S Gallagher, CA Hamrick

NIOSH/USBM Numbered Publication - January 1994

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 10005494

In: Peters RH, ed. Improving Safety at Small Underground Mines. United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines SP 18-94, 1994; :44-47