proper techniques when lifting and moving materials
can prevent injury to many parts of the body. The
back, in particular, is a very critical yet sensitive
part of the body, and when injured can have disabling
effects on daily functioning.
incidence of injuries to the back has seen a sharp
decline over the last ten years. According to
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries to the
back, including the spine and spinal cord, have
decreased from 653,385 in 1992 to 372,683 in 2001.
The more frequent use of proper lifting and moving
techniques may have been a contributor to this
large decrease in injuries.
the following techniques when lifting and moving
materials can help you to prevent injury.
to lift materials safely:
as close to the load as possible.
your knees, keeping the back straight to maintain
the natural "S" curve of your spine.
that you have a firm hand on the load so that
it will not slip from within your grip.
the load close to you.
to a standing position, lifting the load gradually
with the muscles in your legs and not your back.
the load is bulky or awkward obtain assistance
from a coworker.
mechanical devices such as lift gates and hand
trucks whenever possible.
to move materials safely:
your route prior to lifting and moving the load.
lifting, keep the load balanced and close to
that you can see in front of you as you move
twisting your body when holding the load.
the way you will be moving.
mechanical devices whenever possible.