October 18, 2019

If possible, use a pushcart or other material-handling device first before attempting to lift anything.  Or, if no device is available, ask a co-worker for help.  If you must lift alone here are some safe lifting techniques.  Before starting to lift or carry anything, check your entire walkway to make sure your footing will be solid.  Your work boots/shoes should give you good balance, support and traction.  Keep loads as close to your body as possible.

The following situations show basic lifting techniques to avoid injury:

A.  Lifting or lowering from a high place

    • Stand on a platform instead of a ladder
    • Lift the load in smaller pieces, if possible
    • Slide the load as close to yourself as possible before lifting
    • Grip firmly and slide it down
    • Get help when you need it to avoid injury

B.  Lifting from hard-to-get places

    • Get as close to the load as possible
    • Keep back straight, stomach muscles tight
    • Push buttocks out behind you
    • Bend your knees
    • Use leg, stomach and buttock muscles to lift - not your back

C.  Lifting drums, barrels and cylinders

    • Use mechanical assists
    • Be aware that loads can shift
    • Get help if load is too heavy

D.  Awkward objects

    • Bend your knees with feet spread
    • Grip the top outside and bottom inside corners
    • Use your legs to lift, keeping your back straight

E.  Shoveling

    • Make sure your grip and balance are solid
    • Tighten your abdomen as you lift
    • Keep the shovel close to your body
    • Use the strength of your thigh muscles to bring you to an upright position
    • Increase your leverage by keeping your bottom hand low and toward the blade

F.  General safety tips

    • Don't lift objects over your head
    • Don't twist your body when lifting or setting an object down
    • Don't reach over an obstacle to lift a load
    • Pace yourself to avoid fatigue

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