TECHNIQUES FOR SAFE LIFTING
THE SAFE WAY TO LIFT
Before you lift anything, think about the load you'll be lifting. Ask yourself: "Can I lift it alone?" "Do I need mechanical help?" "Is it too awkward for one person to handle, or should I ask a co-worker for help?" If the load is manageable, follow these tips for safe lifting:
TUCK YOUR PELVIS - By tightening your stomach muscles, you can tuck your pelvis which will help keep your back in balance while you lift.
BEND YOUR KNEES - Bend at your knees instead of at your waist. This helps to keep your center of balance and lets the strong muscles in your legs do the lifting.
"HUG THE LOAD" - Try to hold the object you're lifting as close to your body as possible as you gradually straighten your legs to a standing position.
AVOID TWISTING - Twisting can overload your spine and lead to serious injury. Make sure your feet, knees, and torso are pointed in the same direction when lifting.
Tips To Remember
Work Hard - ActSafe®