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.