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  • 1. 

    Back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Back injuries are a common occurrence in the workplace, with statistics showing that they account for approximately one-fifth of all workplace injuries or illnesses. This high prevalence can be attributed to various factors, such as heavy lifting, repetitive motions, poor ergonomics, and inadequate training. These injuries can have significant consequences, including pain, reduced mobility, and even long-term disability. Therefore, it is crucial for employers to prioritize proper safety measures and employee education to prevent and mitigate back injuries in the workplace.

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  • 2. 

    Most back injuries occur when lifting something off the ground between 1 and 18 inches?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Most back injuries occur when lifting something off the ground between 1 and 18 inches because this is the range where the back is most vulnerable. Lifting objects within this range puts a significant amount of strain on the lower back, as it requires bending forward and using the muscles in the back to lift the weight. This can lead to muscle strains, sprains, or even more serious injuries such as herniated discs. It is important to use proper lifting techniques and avoid lifting heavy objects within this height range to prevent back injuries.

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  • 3. 

    The “safe lifting zone” is between your shoulders and your waist?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The "safe lifting zone" refers to the area between your shoulders and waist where you should lift heavy objects to minimize the risk of injury. Lifting within this zone ensures that you maintain proper posture and use the strongest muscles in your body, reducing strain on your back. Lifting objects outside of this zone can put excessive stress on your back and increase the likelihood of injury. Therefore, the statement "The 'safe lifting zone' is between your shoulders and your waist" is true.

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  • 4. 

    When carrying an awkward load, you want the heaviest part of the load to be furthest from your body?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When carrying an awkward load, you want the heaviest part of the load to be closest to your body. This is because having the weight closer to your center of gravity allows for better balance and control, reducing the strain on your muscles and minimizing the risk of injury. Placing the heaviest part furthest from your body would make the load more difficult to manage and could potentially lead to accidents or strain on your back and joints.

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  • 5. 

    Rather than using your back like a crane, it is better to allow your legs to do the work by bending at the knees while lifting?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Bending at the knees while lifting allows your legs to take on the majority of the workload, as they are stronger and more equipped for lifting heavy objects. This reduces strain on your back and helps to prevent injuries. Using your back like a crane puts excessive pressure on the spine and can lead to back pain or even more serious issues. Therefore, it is indeed better to allow your legs to do the work by bending at the knees while lifting.

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  • 6. 

    Twisting at the waist when carrying or lifting a heavy load is okay?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Twisting at the waist when carrying or lifting a heavy load is not okay because it can lead to strain and injury on the back and spine. Twisting puts excessive pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and discs in the lower back, increasing the risk of strains, sprains, and even herniated discs. It is important to use proper lifting techniques, such as bending the knees and lifting with the legs, to avoid unnecessary strain on the back and maintain proper alignment.

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  • 7. 

    When carrying an object, always carry it as close to one’s torso as possible?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Carrying an object close to one's torso is recommended because it helps maintain balance and stability. When an object is held away from the body, it creates a lever arm and increases the force exerted on the body, which can strain the muscles and cause discomfort. By keeping the object close, the weight is distributed evenly and the body can more effectively support it, reducing the risk of injury or strain. Therefore, it is advisable to always carry an object as close to one's torso as possible.

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