Unsafe lifting leads to thousands of injuries every year. While these injuries are rarely fatal, many result in time away from work and chronic pain. The good news is many of these accidents can be avoided by practicing safe lifting habits and using proper lifting aids and tools.
OSHA states that you have the right to a safe and healthful workplace, free of serious recognized hazards. While we may think only the "obvious" hazards in our workplace are potentially dangerous, such as machinery, chemicals, noise, or traffic, there is something that is just as dangerous that we may not be aware of.
A hazard is defined as a chance; a chance of being injured or harmed by a possible source of danger. Jobsites are filled with many different hazards- whether it's the task you are performing, task others are performing around you, equipment, chemicals, heat sources, or weather conditions. Hazards should be recognized and eliminated through engineering controls, administrative controls, and as a last resort, personal protective equipment.