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Preventing Back and Spinal Injuries When Assisting Passengers

Risks and Prevention

Understanding the risks and how to prevent back injuries:

  • Common Causes: Back injuries can occur due to prolonged sitting, improper posture, and sudden movements.
  • Ergonomic Approach: Use body ergonomics to reduce strain, especially when lifting and carrying heavy items like wheelchairs.

Handling Wheelchairs Safely

Key considerations when handling wheelchairs:

  • Preparation: Assess how to make the wheelchair lighter and easier to handle.
  • Safe Lifting Techniques: Use your knees and keep your back straight when lifting to minimise injury risk.

Assisting Passengers Safely

Best practices when assisting passengers in and out of vehicles:

  • Situational Awareness: Stay aware of your surroundings to prevent slips or falls.
  • Offering Support: Be prepared to support the passenger's weight securely to avoid injury.

Handling Emergency Situations

Dealing with unexpected situations during passenger assistance:

  • Managing Falls: If a passenger collapses, lower them gently to the ground to minimise impact.
  • Emergency Response: Ensure safety and call for emergency assistance if needed.