Today we have all kind of gimmicks out there to help do a job easier, efficiently, and safer. We train our folks to recognize hazards and, to correct unsafe condition. With all that we do to ensure our work force has a safe place to work; liability for the employer is becoming a high focus on what type of PPE that is issued to your employees!
My question to you folks (the experts) is a 3 part question.
• First: Do you issue your employees back supports?
• Second: Do you Train your employee proper lifting techniques?
• Third: Do you place weight restriction (<50lbs 1 person lift >50lbs more than 1 person)?
The reason I’m asking these question, is that I can say yes to all three questions above. However I just completed our annual review meeting with our company’s worker comp representative. He was review our lifting program and asked if we furnished our employees with Back Supports. I replied yes that we do after they have completed back injury prevention training. He then stated “Back supports give employees a false sense of security when lifting and that there’s no evident that support back supports” I then asked him what should I do then? He then stated “I would recommend not supplying Back Support, but continue training” So I now do not supply our employees with back supports.
So with that, what are you folks doing with your lifting programs and what are your thoughts of back supports? I'm interested to hear your commits!