Safety Tip: Lift and Carry

Reduce Lift and Carry Injuries

Improper lifting of heavy objects and the way they are carried can cause severe back injuries. There are many things that can be done to prevent this from happening. According to The National Safety Council in 2012 there were 177,580 back injuries of the total 905,690 injuries in the private sector. That is nearly twenty percent of the injuries were back injuries. These injuries can take a long time to heal and cause a person to be out of work for a considerable amount of time.

Here are some safety tips to be sure that you are lifting and carrying objects properly:

First when getting ready to lift any kind of object is to be sure you have planned out the lift. Examine the object and think about how heavy or awkward it is. If you might need a hand truck or a another person to help. Second is to know where you are going with the load and make sure the path is clear of obstacles, slippery areas, overhangs, and uneven surfaces. Third is to make sure there are handholds on it or if you need safety equipment like gloves or other protective equipment.

Before lifting be sure you are as close to the object as you can be and keep your arms close to your body. Get a good handhold and be sure to not jerk or twist while lifting. When lifting make sure your back is straight by tightening the stomach muscles, bend at the knees, keep the object close and centered in front of you, and look up and ahead. 

While carrying do not twist or turn your body instead use your feet to turn your body. Every part of the body should be facing the same direction and keep the object as close to the body as possible. When starting to feel fatigued set it down and take a break so you don’t worn out and not be able to set it down properly.

When setting down the object bend at the knees and not hips, head up, stomach muscles tight, don’t twist your body, keep object as close to the body as possible. When object is securely in place before releasing. 

Following these procedures will keep from bodily harm and make lifting easier. Thank you to  The NSC and The University of North Carolina for their information.