Back Care

A healthy back is essential for many everyday tasks, and yet back injuries are the most common physical injury found in many work places. If injured, it’s a very difficult area for a doctor to treat, and it can cause lots of pain, as well as a loss of earnings.

  • E-learning: #0605
  • Revision: 2.00
  • Published: 02.03.2020
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If you are a worker involved in lifting heavy loads, it's important that you use a correct technique when lifting. This film will tell you more about how the back works and how you should lift in different situations. 

The main aim for this reflective learning film is to prevent back injuries. 

Legislation & references
  • ILO ‘Accident prevention on board ship at sea and in port’ – chapter 11
  • UK MCA’s ‘Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen’ - Chapter 10 ‘Manual handling’
  • UK MCA’s MGN 90 ‘Manual Handling Operations’
Learning objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • State the importance of the ‘back’ in supporting the body
  • Identify the sources of back pain and how it is caused
  • Recognise the importance of early reporting of symptoms
  • Identify the physical preparations necessary before manual work
  • State how back injuries can be avoided 
Duration 23 minutes
Target groups
  • Deck - Operational
  • Deck - Support
  • Engine - Management
  • Engine - Operational
  • Engine - Support
  • Electric - Operational
  • Electric - Support
  • Exmar Ship Management
  • Nordic Hamburg
  • Naviera Armas
  • GC Rieber and Dolphin Geophysical
  • Maritim Management and Sound Oceanics
  • CGG and Dr. Javier Downey
  • Maersk Tankers
  • Seagull Maritime AS
Related information
Ship types:
STCW: Operation & Safety