Calling all workers and employers
The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission invites every worker and employer in the province to become a Back Protection Agent.
Anyone can become a Back Protection Agent by helping ensure these safe practices are followed in the workplace, or by asking for help if a lift or other task seems likely to overstrain the back.
Ensuring workstations are set up properly, implementing proper lifting techniques, avoiding lifting heavy objects and using tools for lifting when appropriate, such as lifts, carts or dollies are all important in the prevention of back injuries.
Back injuries account for more than 25 per cent of all lost-time injuries in in Newfoundland and Labrador. Overexertion, particularly of the back, is the most common cause of workplace accidents.
For more information on how you can become a Back Protection Agent, contact our Prevention Services Department at: 778-1124.
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