back pain, Safe Handling Tips

SAFE HANDLING TIPS

Lifting heavy objects using wrong technique can cause injury to your back. Below are safe lifting and handling tips.

  • Adopt a stable position. Your feet should be apart with one leg slightly forward to maintain balance (alongside the load if it’s on the ground). Be prepared to move your feet during the lift to maintain a stable posture.
  • Think before you lift. Plan the lift. Where is the load going to be placed? Will help be needed with the load?
  • Ensure a good hold on the load. Where possible, hug the load close to the body. This should help you make a stronger and more solid lift.
  • Keep the load close to the waist. Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the body.
  • Do not bend your back when lifting.
  • Do not bend the back any further while lifting. This can happen if the legs begin to straighten before starting to raise the load.
  • Do not twist when you lift. Keep your shoulders level and facing the same direction as the hips.
  • Look ahead. Keep your head up when handling the load. Look ahead, not down at the load once it has been held securely.
  • Move smoothly. Do not jerk as this can make it harder to keep control of the load and increases the risk of injury.
  • Know your limits. Do not lift or handle more than you can easily manage.