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We are going to look at lifting an odd-shaped object and we thought we would use a chair because a lot of the time, whether we are at work or at home, we tend to move chairs quite a bit. First of all, we have got to ask ourselves, Does this chair really need to be moved? Is it really... Can we avoid lifting it where it is reasonably practical? Well, no, today we need to move the chair. So, how is the best way we are going to do it? First of all, I have got to think to myself, Do I need somebody else to come and help me with lifting this chair? Well, actually, I think I will be able to do this chair myself today. We want to find out which is the best way to do it. Ideally, we want to use the basic principles of manual handling, which keeps your spine in line, make sure that the load is close to you and that you have got a stable base. So we need to put those principles into practice when we are moving this odd-shaped object.

So in order to move it in the best way, it would be best to come to the corner of the chair, because if we come to the back of the chair, it is more heavier and more awkward to lift. So we need to come around slightly to the front. I want to keep my spine in line, open, widen my base of support, bend my knees and lift the chair accordingly. And then we are gonna put it back down by bending the knees, keeping the back straight.