Safe Lifting Technique
Using safe lifting techniques helps to protect your back, legs, and arms from potentially serious injury.
Back injuries are common in the facility service industry. The number of injuries can be improved by using the lifting technique outlined below:
- Keeping your back straight, bend your knees, and squat down to the floor. Stand close to the load and center yourself over it with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Get a good grasp on the load with both hands.
- Keeping the load close to your body, use your leg muscles to stand up lifting the load off the floor.
- Your back should remain straight throughout lifting, using only the muscles in the legs to lift the load.
- Do not twist your body when moving the load. Instead take small steps with your feet turning until you are in the correct position.
- Again bend at the knees using only your leg muscles and place the load in the appropriate spot.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 350,000 back injuries each year that lead to time away from work. Back injuries can be nagging and take a long time to heal.
Always use at least two people for heavy loads.