Quoting from the Executive Summary:
Emergency Services are still experiencing high levels of Back Injuries among their most valuable resource, their highly trained Responders.
This is in spite of significant outlays on power-assisted equipment and a heavy emphasis in training for Patient Handling. Even fitness programs have been introduced.
This white paper addresses what OSHA perceives as one of the major underlying causes resulting in Back Injuries in the EMS environment —Repetitive Micro‑Trauma factors. Over longer periods, this undetected micro trauma can be far more damaging as the progressive nature of the degeneration of responders backs cannot be attributed to a single traumatic incident.
Now you have a choice.