Manual materials handling (MMH) is the most common cause of occupational fatigue and low back pain.
About three of every four Canadians whose job includes MMH suffer pain due to back injury at some time. Such back injuries account for about one third of all lost work and even more than one third of all compensation costs.
More important than financial cost is human suffering. Each year several thousand Canadian workers are permanently disabled by back injuries. Many others are unable to return to their former jobs. Their lives are disrupted.
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