Close calls for low-back injuries.

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Back injuries are a major hazard in the workplace, particularly in the nursing profession. In acute care in Alberta, nursing personnel account for almost 50 per cent of all lost-time claims per year. In extended care facilities, nursing personnel account for 60 per cent of lost-time claims. The source of injury is often another person (64%), the incident is often lifting or over-exertion (65%), and the injury is most often a sprain or strain (75%). Furthermore, 50 per cent of lost-time injuries are to the back. Clearly, back strains while handling clients are a major hazard in the health care industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-48
Number of pages2
JournalThe Canadian nurse
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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