Lifting techniques to help prevent back injury


1. Think before you lift

– think where is the load going to be placed?, think if help will be needed with the load? Is the equipment (like hoist) needed to move the load?

2. Keep the load close to the waist

– keep the load close to the waist for as long as possible while lifting to reduce the amount of pressure on the back. Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the body.

 3. Adopt a stable position

– feet should be apart with 1 leg slightly forward to maintain balance (alongside the load if its on the ground)

– be prepared to move your feet during the lift to maintain a stable posture.

4. Ensure a good hold on the load

– where possible, hug the load close to the body.

 5. Do not bend your back when lifting

6. Do not bend the back any further while lifting

– this can happen if the legs begin to straighten before starting to raise the load.

7. Do not twist when you lift

– avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways, especially while the back is bent.

8. Look ahead

– once the load has been held securely, look ahead.

9. Move slowly

– do not jerk

10. Know your limits

– do not lift more than you can manage.

11. Let down, then adjust

– if you need to position load, put the load down then adjust.


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