New Employee Question

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by h4rmonthomas, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. h4rmonthomas

    h4rmonthomas New Member

    I have worked at UPS for about a week now and have done 2 different jobs within the warehouse.
    The 2nd job I have done looks like it may be where I will reside, which requires me to constantly reach over
    the conveyor belt for packages. This puts a tremendous strain on my lower back which also contributes
    to my collapsing disk in my lower back. My classmate and I have not watched any videos or been briefed
    on anything, but my question is, does UPS offer any back support items for employees?
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    UPS does not provide back belts for their employees.
     
  3. h4rmonthomas

    h4rmonthomas New Member

    UpstateNYUPser, wow with the type of work that most positions do, I'm surprised that they
    don't provide this kind of thing! Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    No problem.

    Keep in mind that if you do choose to buy and then wear one that you want to wear it properly. You don't want to keep it tightened all of the time---only when you are doing strenuous work.

    Drivers are allowed to wear them but they have to be under our uniform shirts and, since they have to be constantly adjusted, it would make no sense to wear one.
     
  5. MississippiMom

    MississippiMom New Member

    At least where I am, they don't - we have to provide our own.

    One of the safety things we go over in our PCM's is 'working within our power zone'. This means being able to reach, pick up and lower things without causing undue strain on your back. I'm surprised the supervisors haven't gone over any safety videos with you as it covers [their] butt in the event that you do get hurt on the job.
     
  6. scottym

    scottym New Member

    have you spoken with your supervisor about your back related conditions?