Discovering the Root of your Back Story – Prevention and Understanding of Back Injuries (December 10, 2020)

Recorded On: 09/25/2020

Back injuries are one of the most common forms of farm-related injuries, so protecting the back is one of the most important things a producer can do to stay active on the farm. Men and women are both prone to work-related back pain and the first episode usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40. Training will focus on effects of whole body vibration, causes of back injuries/pain, how to prevent back injuries/pain, and other considerations.

Intended Audience: This training is intended primarily for health and safety professionals including but not limited to owner/operators, safety officers or specialists, managers, supervisors, safety coordinators, health safety and environmental interns and any person or persons who serve as safety personnel in an agricultural setting. 


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify causes of back injuries/pain
  2. Explain and utilize strategies to prevent back injuries/pain
  3. Describe and utilize proper lifting techniques
  4. Describe effects of whole body vibration (WBV)
  5. Apply strategies for maintaining back health
  6. Recall ways to manage chronic pain

This material was produced under grant number SH-05172-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic

NECAS Manager

Dan joined NECAS staff in August 2002 as Director. Dan is a Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter II and EMS Instructor. He is a member of the Iowa Propane Board; Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Emergency Management Commission; and Treasurer, Dubuque County EMS. In his work at NECAS, Dan has developed several OSHA approved training programs as well as agricultural rescue programs. Safety programs include viticulture safety, enology safety, confined space-grain bin entry, prevention of grain storage fire and explosions, chemical safety, and confined space- manure pit safety. Rescue programs at NECAS include tractor rollover, combine auger rescue, grain bin rescue, and manure pit rescue. 

Linda Emanuel, BSN, RN

Community Health Director, AgriSafe Network

Shaped by Linda’s experience as a Registered Nurse working in rural communities as well as her proprietorship of a three generational Nebraska family farm, Linda naturally connects as an advocate and educator with agriculture producers and health care professionals.  As the Community Health Director of the AgriSafe Network, she is responsible for curriculum design and outreach for the Veteran Farmer program, Total Farmer Health Coach program, and Women’s health. Her work is promoted on a state, regional and national level through webinars, onsite presentations, publications as well as user-friendly resources. Her passion to support the total farmer health concept drives her to act as a liaison between research and practice.

Linda has a diverse background in acute care nursing, intensive care, pediatrics, home health care, and  rural primary care clinics. She is an AgriSafe Nurse Scholar, and a Nebraska LEAD fellow. She belongs to the American Nurses Association, Rural Nurses Organization, and Nebraska Nurses Association.  She and her husband own and operate a row crop farming operation that has welcomed back their sons and families to continue a legacy.


Pre Test- Prevention of Back Injuries
6 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/6 points to pass
Prevention of Back Injuries
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Post Test- Prevention of Back Injuries
6 Questions  |  2 attempts  |  5/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  2 attempts  |  5/6 points to pass
5 Questions
Certificate of Completion
1.00 credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 credit  |  Certificate available