Help Prevent Overexertion Injuries at Work and at Home

The National Safety Council on June 5 will launch its “Preventing Overexertion” Week as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate about the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. The week-long effort will provide the public with information on how injuries occur at work and home, and tips for staying injury free.

Overexertion is the third leading cause of unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments in the United States, accounting for an estimated 3.3 million visits annually, according to Injury Facts, 2011 Edition. Most overexertion injuries are the result of lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying.

The Council is calling on organizations, municipalities, communities and the public to help share information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and a crossword puzzle to engage employees are available for free download on the NSC website for organizations.

To prevent overexertion:

  • Stretch and/or warm up before heavy lifting or strenuous activity
  • Lift with your legs bent and objects held close to your body
  • Avoid bending, reaching and twisting when lifting
  • Ask a friend for help when lifting

The National Safety Council has additional materials for its member companies to help prevent overexertion at work and at home. For more information on National Safety Month, visit

The National Safety Council ( saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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National Safety Council
Amy Williams
Communications Director
Phone: (630) 775-2307
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