Back Injury and Lifting


Back Injury and Lifting

  • Category Environmental
  • Authors Joanette Lima Lisa Yu James Vaughan Karl Sommer III
  • Variants
    1. Full Course - 18 minutes
      This version is designed for all college and university staff.
    2. Custodial and Maintenance - 14 minutes
      This version is designed for custodial and maintenance staff at colleges and universities.
    3. Custodial and Maintenance (en español) - 20 minutes
      Este curso está dirigido a todo el personal de la universidad.

This course tackles the costly problem of back injury by providing practical instruction on back injury prevention as well as a variety of safe lifting techniques. We also address the challenges faced by the aging workforce and behavior modification.

Expert Authors

Joanette Lima

Joanette Lima, PT, MS, CPE, has worked with a variety of industries to develop and implement effective strategies for ergonomic risk reduction and injury prevention, including workplace design, furniture and equipment selection, and management and employee training. She has been a certified professional ergonomist since 1996, holds a BS in Physical Therapy and earned an MS in Exercise Science. In addition to her consulting work, she teaches ergonomics at the university level. She is affiliated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Lisa Yu

Lisa Yu is the Principal Consultant of The Safe Workplace, an independent Health and Safety consulting service. With over 20 years of experience in Environmental Health and Safety management, Yu has developed and supported comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety programs for over 75 businesses in the manufacturing, warehousing, industrial, retail, health care, construction, service and recreation, finance and transportations sectors.

James Vaughan

James Vaughan is president of Today's Resources, Inc., a full-service safety and health consulting firm. He has more than 30 years of direct OSHA compliance and loss-control experience and holds a BS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Karl Sommer III

Karl Sommer III has more than 14 years of safety experience, including acting as executive director of the Columbus (OH) Chamber of Commerce Safety Council and the National Safety Council Central Ohio Chapter. His responsibilities included the coordination/presentation of numerous training courses and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation group rating program. Karl holds an MS in Safety and Health Management from West Virginia University.