Safe Lifting Procedures

Safe Lifting

The goal of safe lifting is to maintain your back’s natural posture during the lift. When lifting, using your legs to do the majority of the work and bending from your hips minimizes stress on your back and gives you maximum lifting strength, reducing the likelihood of a back injury.
No single lifting technique will apply to all situations, but the following tips will help you avoid back injuries during a lift:
  • Size up the load — look it over and decide whether you can handle it alone or if you need help.
  • Inspect your intended path of travel for obstacles or other possible hazards.
  • Get a firm footing. Place your feet a shoulders’ width apart and wear well-supporting work shoes.
  • Bend at your knees, not your waist. Leg muscles are stronger and more durable than back muscles.  Let your leg muscles do the work.
  • Grip your load firmly and use work gloves if necessary.
  • Keep the load close to your body.  For greater strength and stability, lift and carry the object near your waist.
  • Move your feet when you change directions; do not twist your upper body while carrying your load.
  • Teamwork is essential for loads requiring two people. You should designate a leader in advance, plan the lift, lift and lower in unison
           and with no sudden moves, and communicate with your partner during the entire move.
Safe Lifting