Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Wassell and colleagues1
present the results of a prospective cohort study evaluating the potential
benefits to workers who wear back belts when handling materials. They discern
none. Not only of interest to workplace, health, and safety policymaker, the
article offers lessons to those interested in regional backache. The science
is noteworthy as is the social construct it serves. When regional backache
thwarts physical performance, should the task(s) be viewed as hazardous and
the worker injured?
Hadler NM, Carey TS. Back Belts in the Workplace. JAMA. 2000;284(21):2780-2781. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2780