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Lifting Safely: The Do’s and Don’ts of Lifting

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Safety and Health Magazine – In almost every job, lifting and carrying supplies, tools, and equipment are common tasks. While seemingly simple, improper lifting and carrying can result in injuries. According to the National Safety Council’s data, 25 percent of all workplace injuries are a result of poor lifting and carrying techniques. These injuries can range from cuts, fractures, bruises, and strains and sprains to the back, arms, and shoulders.

“Manual materials handling is a … complex combination of moving body segments, changing angles, tightening muscles and loading the spinal column”

With the goal of reducing the risk of work related injuries, especially to the back, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts in regards to lifting heavy materials. I general, always look for alternatives to manual lifting and carrying when possible.

Do:

  • Stay in good physical shape, especially if lifting and carrying heavy materials are daily activities
  • Keep materials within easy reach
  • Ensure you have a solid grip before lifting
  • Test the weight of the object before lifting to avoid strains
  • Keep your body close to the object and stand in a stable position
  • Always lift with your legs, relieving the stress on your back

Don’t

  • Twist your back or bend to the side
  • Lower the item if you are not in a stable position
  • Lift an item that is too heavy, or possibly too heavy
  • Lift above your shoulders or below your knees

For more information on lifting and carrying techniques, feel free to contact The Integrated Group at 425-822-8500 or info@theintegratedgroup.com

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