Lifting Can Be Risky Business

We have covered this before but we need reminders regularly to be sure we lift safely.  Good tips follow.

Myra Piper, CIC

Almost every day you will encounter “risky” lifting scenarios at your workplace. Learning how to lift safely is a tool that will help protect your back for a lifetime.

A few safety tips to help us lift safely are:

  •  Size up the load and get help for heavy or bulky objects
  •  Choose the safest route and be aware of obstacles
  •  Check for sharp edges and hold firmly
  •  If the load is wet or slippery, wipe it off
  •  Lift with your legs, not your back
  •  Squat down close to the load; keep your back straight and lift slowly with leg power
  •  Use material handling equipment whenever possible

THINK BEFORE YOU LIFT. TWO LIFTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!!

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