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.