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Back Safety: Lifting

Lifting can strain or even injure your back. Follow these tips to keep your back safe while you bend, lift, and carry. 

Step 1:

  • Face the object.

  • With your back straight, get down on one knee.

  • If you can, tilt the object so one side lifts off the ground.

  • Keep the object close to you.

Step 2:

  • Tighten your stomach muscles.

  • Use your legs, arms, and buttocks to lift, not your back.

  • Avoid twisting.

  • Lift the object to your knee.

  • Grasp the object firmly.

Step 3:

  • Lift with your arms and legs, not your back.

  • Move quickly to help make this easier.

To carry an object:

  • Hold it close to your body.

  • Bend your knees slightly as you walk. The heavier the object, the more you should bend your knees.

  • Get help with heavy or unbalanced objects.

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