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Proper Lifting

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Proper Lifting

All places of employment where lifting of objects is required must display a poster which illustrates proper lifting techniques as part of OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Practice the following steps:

  • Bend the knees keeping the back straight.
  • Test the load. Is it too heavy? It may require equipment, a team lift, or you may wish to slide the object if it's too heavy to lift.
  • Always push and never pull a heavy object. Pushing is Much easier on the low back.
  • Pick up the object and get it in close to your body.
  • Lift with your legs, keeping your back straight.
  • Never twist and bend to set a load down. Address every object at a 90 degree angle whether you're lifting or setting the object down. Always remember, "as the nose goes the toes goes". It does not require a heavy load to compromise your back if you turn or turn and bend to reach for something. Even a paperclip or a tissue should be faced and the knees should be bent with the back straight in order to pick it up.
  • In this event rest a hand on any nearby stable object such as a table or a chair to assist you as you bend down and arise from picking up the object.
  • Be careful not to plant your feet in one spot and then repeatedly turn at the waist to accomplish a task. Examples would be loading and unloading the dishwasher, loading the wash from the washing machine to the dryer, and grocery shopping where you push the cart down the aisle and with your feet facing forward, lean to the right, bend down, and stretch out to pick up a can.


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