Who’s at risk?
The service industry has the highest incidence of injuries due to overexertion in lifting, followed by retail and manufacturing. But anytime you pick up a box or a heavy object – at work or at home – you put yourself at risk.
You can avoid injury by following these safe lifting tips:
- Estimate the weight of the object by tilting it up slowly. If it’s hard to move, it’s too heavy to lift. Get help, or use a lifting aid.
- Keep the object you’re lifting as close to your body as possible.
- Avoid twisting your back as you lift. Instead, move your feet to turn.
- Always lift with your legs, not your back.
- Objects with lifting handles make the job easier and reduce the strain on your back.
- Keep a firm footing, and plan your route to avoid tripping hazards.
- Strengthen your back and abdominal muscles with regular exercise.
- Spend a few minutes every day before work on power warm-ups.
- Watch your weight. Extra pounds cause extra strain on your back.
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
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This content was last modified on: 05/08/2017