How and Why We Lift Correctly

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Safe Lifting Techniques to Avoid Injury

Proper Lifting Technique

Remembering the Correct Approach

We lift correctly to minimize the risk of injury. The technique for lifting or moving an object is easy to remember and can help prevent harm.

Positioning and Stability

Establishing a Stable Foundation

To ensure stability, position your feet alongside the load, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Bend your knees while keeping your back straight. Maintain level shoulders and obtain a firm grip on the object while keeping your back straight. Lift with your legs and keep the load close to your body, using your legs to push up. Maintain a lifted chin and a secure grip.

Moving with Care

Steady Movement and Load Distribution

While moving, maintain control of the load and keep it close to your body. Be cautious of uneven weight distribution and ensure that the heaviest part of the load is closest to you to prevent tipping. Take care when navigating with the load to avoid accidents.

Setting Down the Load

Reversing the Lifting Technique

When placing the load down, use the same technique in reverse. Maintain a straight back, bent knees, and look ahead. Be mindful of potential hazards on the floor that may be obscured by the load. Ensure that the load is placed securely to prevent it from falling onto you. Avoid twisting your back while holding a load and use your entire body if you need to turn.

Special Considerations

Additional Precautions for Seated Lifting

If lifting a load while seated, lift it forward from your body rather than from the side to prevent injury from twisting.