A systems approach to understanding and minimizing the causes of low back pain in the workplace
Low back pain affects 80% of the population at some point during their lifetime; it is responsible for over 40% of the compensation costs for work-related injuries. This book provides an understanding of the mechanisms influencing low back pain in the workplace and indicates how low back pain might be prevented, saving employers extraordinary amounts in medical costs and protecting workers from the most common on-the-job injury. Chapters that will be of particular interest to safety professionals are: Chapter 7, “The Influence of Physical Work Factors on Muscle Activities and Spine Loads,” Chapter 11, “Engineering controls to Mediate Back Pain at Work,” and Chapter 13, “Integrating Risk Interventions into the Workplace.” Chapter 14, “Understanding Recurrent Low Back Pain and Implications for Return to Work” includes a detailed discussion of impairment assessment.
Dr. Marras, who has consulted with Ford Motor Company, Honda, and other corporations gives safety professionals the knowledge to assess a work environment and prescribe effective interventions. His hands-on reference is extremely well-documented and researched and is also an excellent resource for graduate or undergraduate students of kinesiology, physiology, ergonomics, physical therapy, nursing, industrial design, engineering, and general medicine. 2008 John Wiley, hardcover, 309 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-13405-4.
"Since low back pain is one of the most common reasons for short and long term absence from work, a book which clearly explains its causes and makes practical suggestions for preventing it deserves a wide readership." (The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal, June 2009)