Employee safety is an important goal in contract warehousing. Workers’ compensation laws were the first acts of social legislation passed in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Workers’ compensation laws balanced competing interest of the employee and employers. Employees gave up their right to sue in civil court and potentially win large awards in exchange for more modest but prompt compensation. Employers gave up their common law defenses in exchange for limits on their liabilities.
“Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care for workers who are injured or become ill as a direct result of their job.” 
Over seventy-five percent of people experience back pain at some point in their life. In contract warehousing the most common on-the-job injury involves the back. In contract warehousing these injuries typically occur when lifting too much weight or lifting improperly. Lifting improperly includes twisting while lifting instead try using your legs.
When lifting, it’s important to know the proper techniques. According to the Nicholas Institute of Sports and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, these are step-by-step instructions for proper lifting. First, always stand close to the object with your feet spread apart, about the width of your shoulders. Squat, bending your knees and hips, while keeping your back in proper alignment. Contract your stomach muscles. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Take care not lift and twist at the same time. If you’re lifting the object with another person, do it in unison. One person should say when to lift, walk, and unload. NISMAT also recommends that whenever possible, people should push objects rather than pull. Never push or pull with a bent back.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing website.
Introduction to the Workers’ Compensation Law (Introduction to the Workers’ Compensation Law) http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/onthejob/WCLawIntro.jsp