The Community Health Center’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services recently presented “Safe Lifting, Proper Body Mechanics, and Back Education” to the staff at Wojan Window and Doors. Physical Therapist Bridget Barle and Physical Therapist Assistant Jennifer Colbeck educated and assessed participants for posture and movement mechanics for lifting and bending at their job site, and instructed them on an exercise program to prevent injury.
The therapists helped the staff with hands on demonstrations and an individual assessment of each participant’s lifting tasks for their specific job. The CHC PT department and Wojan Window and Doors are dedicated to injury prevention.
Wojan Window and Doors fabricates quality custom window and door products for commercial, industrial, healthcare, multi-family, new construction, and remodeling projects. The average window weight is 25-50 pounds with the heaviest weighing roughly 300 pounds. The “Safe Lifting, Proper Body Mechanics, and Back Education” in-service is just one way Wojan Window and Doors works to prevent injury.
During their lifetime, eight out of ten people will experience back pain significant enough to seek medical attention. In America alone, back pain costs industries millions of dollars a year to lost manpower and medical expenses. In addition to financial losses, back pain victims suffer emotionally and physically, with some individuals becoming permanently disabled. Physical therapists seek to alleviate the effects of back injuries through treatment, education and prevention. It is much more cost effective to prevent injuries than to treat them after they occur.
CHC Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services can be part of your business’s annual safety education. Call Bridget Barle with any questions regarding safe lifting, back education, and job specific exercises to prevent injury at (517) 279-5457.