Almost 25 percent of worker injuries at religious organizations insured by Church Mutual involve a lifting or strain injury. It’s easy to overlook the possibility of a worker or volunteer being injured while at your facility, but there is potential for a painful occurrence—especially one involving lifting, such as a back strain or the development of a long-term health problem. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that all of your employees and volunteers are cautious in their work and that they know how to properly perform their duties. It is also important to realize that some workers, such as those in the custodial field, are at greater risk for experiencing strains and other lifting injuries at work.
A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the custodial field has the sixth highest count of worker injuries in the nation. Many of those injuries result from repeated exposure to a number of risk factors, which can cause fatigue or discomfort, or an injury to the back, shoulders, wrists or other body parts.
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