Safe Lifting

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Think Before You Lift: Preventing Back Injuries

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Check The Object’s Weight Before You Lift It
• Test the weight of the load you’re about to lift by seeing how easily it moves with a slight push from your hands or your feet.
• A small size doesn’t always mean a light weight!

Make Sure The Load Is Balanced & Packed Correctly
• Make sure the weight is balanced and packed so it won’t move around.
• An improperly packed load can allow objects inside to shift, causing the load to become unbalanced and leading to an accident.
Safe Spine Lifting Technique
Can You Grip The Load Easily & Securely?
• Before lifting, make sure you have a firm grip on the object.
• Using handles will make lifting and carrying an object safer.

Is The Load Easy To Reach?
• Instead of reaching for something over your head, use a ladder.
• Get as close to the object as possible.
• Slide the object towards you if necessary.
• Avoid arching your back, letting your legs and arms do the majority of the work. Read more

Think You’re Lifting With Good Form? Better Check Again!

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Save Your Back From Injury
Anyone who has ever injured their back from lifting can tell you how important practicing safe lifting techniques are to prevent low back sprains and strains. Poor lifting technique can lead to subluxated (misaligned) vertebra, back pain, damaged muscles and ligaments, or herniated intervertebral discs or worse. Safe lifting is simple to learn, easy to do, and can keep your back working smoothly and pain-free. Read more