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A scientific look at back belts.
Gallagher S; Hamrick AC
Holmes Saf Assn Bull 1995 Sep; :44-47
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.
Back-injuries; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Mining-industry; Miners; Mine-workers
Holmes Safety Association Bulletin
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