Lewis W. Diuguid

A timely idea: A better snow shovel

Updated: 2014-01-08T23:20:07Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

A new snow shovel is supposed to reduce bending and decrease the strain on people’s lower back by 16.5 percent compared with the traditional snow shovel.

It comes out a little late for the snow that blanketed the Midwest and Northeastern portions of the United States in the last week. Lower back injuries from overexertion account for more than a third of the annual, estimated 12,000 snow shoveling injuries that are reported in the United States, The Wall Street Journal notes.

Snow blowers aren’t much help, either. They require a lot of effort, too, to get them to go particularly with deep, heavy wet snows.

The best way to prevent snow shoveling injuries for most Americans — especially for those who are older — is to get someone younger to do the work.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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