Test Results Show >50% Reduction in Lower Back Torque
Situation: Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel must perform a wide array of potentially hazardous emergency rescue procedures that often include lifting patients at trauma scenes from the ground to the gurney. The use of traditional backboards requires that FIRE / EMS personnel lift from a position that places them at risk for injury from muscle strain caused by poor body positioning, poor lift mechanics, and maximum torque applied to the lower back and knees. When lifting from the ground, the natural tendency is to bend at the waist and use upper body strength. Conversely, when properly positioned for protecting the lower back, a tremendous amount of torque is placed on the knees putting them at risk for iinjury (Note the knee angle in the first image).

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  • ONE in FOUR EMS/Fire Rescuers will have their careers ended within the first four years of service due to a back injury.
  • Lifting represents at least 25% of back injuries for emergency rescue personnel
  • The average back injury claim costs upwards of $25,000
  • Serious cases often soar about $85,000 in costs