- Assess the situation. Do you need help? Can you slide it instead of lift it? If so, push, don’t pull. Tip: Don’t lift anything that exceeds 1/3 to 1/2 of your body weight.
- Use proper lifting techniques: Bend at your knees, not at your waist. Bring the load close to your body and use your leg muscles to lift. Tighten your core abdominal muscles when lifting.
- Avoid lifting with one hand. Don’t lift while reaching, stretching, or twisting.
- Store items, especially heavy items at waist level, so you don’t have to bend or reach when lifting.
- Try not to lift from the floor. Instead, grab a hand truck to do the job or adjust your position — get down to floor level and bring the item closer to your body.
- Listen to your body. If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop what you are doing and ask for help.
Always know and follow your workplace safety guidelines – it’s for your safety and the safety of others.
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