In addition to the initial onboarding training, our staff receive continuous education on industry best practices, safety, and maximizing efficiency on the road. For the first quarter of 2021, our focus is on back injury prevention. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back-related injuries account for one in five injuries and illnesses at work, with about 75% of these injuries occurring during lifting tasks.
We do a few things at Modern Express to prevent back injury:
- Limit individual lifting to 50 lbs
- Provide drivers with all the tools needed to move items (dollies, hand trucks, pallet jacks, etc.)
- Review safe lifting techniques at least once a year
This year we are also replacing office staff desks with sitting/standing desks so that our whole team has ergonomically-designed workspaces.
The highlights from our training on back injury prevention include:
- Staying healthy
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Maintaining good posture
- Thinking ahead
For more information on preventing back injury, we recommend checking out the training from KPA.