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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. 

 

Man kneeling on one knee to pick up box.

Man kneeling on one knee, holding box.

Man standing up from kneeling, holding box.

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.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 1/15/2007
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