Safe Lifting Basics
|Safe Lifting Basics|
Proper lifting can prevent back injury. Minimize manual lifting. When you do lift, use correct form so that your legs do the work – not your back.
Before You Lift
- Lift a corner of the load to decide if you can safely lift and carry it.
- If in doubt, use a dolly, hand truck, or forklift – or get help.
- Plan a straight, flat route; remove anything in your way.
- Loosen muscles with gentle bends and stretches.
- Wear gloves and sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.
- Avoid loose clothing you could trip over.
When You Lift
- Stand close to the load.
- Squat, with knees bent and back straight.
- Grip firmly.
- Bring the load close to your body.
- Push up slowly with your legs.
When You Carry
- Carry the load waist high.
- Take small steps.
- Move your feet to change direction. Don’t twist.
When You Unload
- Lower the load slowly, knees bent.
- Place the load on the edge of the surface and slide it back.