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February 20, 2017

Shoveling snow could lead to a trip to the hospital

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Are you shoveling safely? Each year, 11,000 people are hospitalized due to snow shoveling related accidents. Patients suffer from back and head injuries, bone fractures and sometimes even heart attacks. Minimize your risks by:

  • Using a quality light-weight shovel with a good grip
  • Shoveling straight ahead to minimize twisting and trying to push instead of lift
  • Wearing boots that are slip-resistant and putting down salt or sand on any standing ice
  • Bundling up and shoveling in late morning/early afternoon

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