Lifting Safety In The Office

Lifting safety should be a topic of all work safety meetings. It is important to know the proper way to lift and carry objects. Back injuries are a leading cause of missed work days. Not only can a back injury be extremely painful it could cause permanent damage to the spine such as paralysis. the rules to lifting safety are easy to remember and will save you a lot of pain.

Proper lifting Safety techniques

  • Bend at the knees to lower your body. Do not bend at the waist.
  • Keep the the object as close to your body as possible
  • Once you have a firm grip raise your head up first.
  • Never try to stand up fast, take your time and avoid jerking or twisting motions.
  • If you need to turn move your feet first and let your body follow.
  • Walk with your feet slightly apart to keep better balance>
  • When you are setting the heavy object down do than same as when you picked it up and bend with your feet till it is safely on the area you where trying to reach.
  • There are hundreds of back and neck injuries each year due to improper lifting. It is easy to forgot about safe lifting but your back will thank you when you do remember. You can find slip resistant shoes and back braces at most of your local stores. They are not to expensive and will worth any price if they help to prevent a major back injury. Above all remember moving a box without using safety precautions may save you a few minutes but it may also cost you your job and lots of lost money on unneeded medical bills.

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