Our backs are at times very strong, but they can be quite delicate as well. When it comes to back injuries, it's not the task you are performing at the time of an injury that is usually the issue. Back injuries are cumulative, meaning it's all the little things you've been doing incorrectly for years that have finally caught up with you.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of all workers compensation claims are due to ergonomic issues. Simply defined, ergonomics is the study of work. More specifically, it is the science of fitting the job to the worker, rather that forcing the worker's body to fit the job. This can be done in various ways, such as adapting work stations, tasks, tools, and equipment to fit the worker to reduce the physical stress and illness on the worker's body.