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Lifting can be a dangerous activity for your back, especially if you don’t know the correct method. Those who study workplace injuries report that one out of every five injuries or illnesses in the workplace is related to back injuries, and improper lifting is often the cause.

Improper technique can cause a back injury when lifting.

Improper technique can cause a back injury when lifting.

Learning how to lift properly will save a lot of wear and tear on your back and keep you safe and in the workforce which will make both you and your boss much happier!

Proper technique when lifting is crucial. Squat down, bend at the knees, and keep your back straight.

Proper technique when lifting is crucial. Squat down, bend at the knees, and keep your back straight.

PLEASE DO when lifting to protect your back:

DO keep your knees and feet at least a shoulder-width apart; if your feet
are too close together, you can’t balance the weight of the object properly
and your back will be rounded. This posture provides proper support to
allow you to lift the object.
DO squat down, bending at the knees, and keep your back straight.
DO tighten your stomach muscles – this helps your back.
DO stay in a good lifting position.
DO use your leg muscles – they are much stronger than your back muscles.
DO hold the object as close to your body as possible at waist level,
and balance the load.

PLEASE DON’T when lifting to protect your back:

DO NOT lift an object that is too heavy; seek assistance.
DO NOT bend or curve your back to pick up an object.
DO NOT bend or twist while holding an object.
DO NOT lift a heavy object above the height of your shoulders.
DO NOT carry an unbalanced load.

Keep in mind that you should use a hand truck, a trolley or the assistance of a co-worker to move a heavy object. Never risk harm to your back or jeopardize your safety by trying to lift an object that is too large or too heavy for you. Remember, you only have one back!

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