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PROPER LIFTING

We  know how to lift properly to prevent back injuries and hernias. But let's review what we should watch out for when lifting, handling and carrying loads.

- Size up the load and decide how to grasp it securely.

- Make sure the load is not too heavy for you to lift alone.

- Carefully examine the load for sharp edges, nails, metals strips or bands, splinters or anything that could pierce or cut you.

- Face the load squarely don't attempt to raise the load if your body is twisted.

- Determine the center of gravity of the load and grasp it accordingly.

- Place your feet in a stable and comfortable position.

- Bend at the knees in a squatting position.

- Keep your back straight, but in a comfortable position not fully vertical.

- Lift with your strong leg muscles, not your weaker back muscles.

- Position the load as close to your body as possible.

- Ease the load up; don't jerk it because inertia makes it heavier.

- If the load seems to be too heavy to lift alone, don't hesitate to get help.

- Determine the path you will take to move the load and make sure it is free of all obstructions.

- While carrying the load, always look where you are going, watching for anyone or anything that is approaching you, even from the sides.

- To lower the load, use the same basic lifting steps in reverse.

- When the load is lowered, a pinch point is created. Watch your fingers, hands, and feet. Remembering and using proper lifting procedures will help prevent back injuries and hernias.

 

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