How to Lift – Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries!

How to lift is a question that is frequently asked when lifting heavy objects. Yet, there are certain times when we are asked to lift heavy objects at our employment. In order to avoid back injuries, make sure you are lifting using proper techniques. The first and most important rule is to analyze the object. Ask yourself whether this is something that will require an assistive device, or something you can physically carry.

Please follow the rules below when lifting to avoid work place injuries :

Guidance ergonomics. Proper posture to lifting objects from the floor.

Guidance ergonomics. Proper posture to lifting objects from the floor.

  • Remember not to lift by bending forward, and to place your feet shoulder width apart (squat style).
  • Bend your hips and knee only to a squat position, as you go down to your load; remember that you may put one knee on the floor, while the other is up in front.
  • Make sure to face forward and keep your back straight, chest out and shoulders back, thus allowing a slight arch in your lower back.
  • Now you may slowly rise, keep the load close to your body, and straighten your legs as you move up to the lifting position. As you begin to move, make sure to take small steps and lead with your hips.
  • Remember that setting objects down is crucial; therefore, carefully place your load down, squatting the knees and hips only.

Avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting heavy objects and/or holding heavy objects above the shoulder level.  Remember that the most common mistake is using the back to lift. Using the back can lead to a back injury.  That is why it is imperative that you follow the proper techniques listed  above to avoid injuries. Also, remember: good posture is key!

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Jessica is a health blogger and content writer for Healthpointe, a healthcare organization specializing in orthopedics, sports injuries, injured workers, and more. Whatever it is you need to know – whether it’s the latest treatments for hernias, or tips for quick headache relief (and everything in between) – Jessica has you covered. For more of Jessica, check out her articles on the Healthpointe blog.

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