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Tips for safe lifting

One of the leading causes of disability is back pain and injury due to improper lifting and moving of objects.
Learning to lift the right way will help prevent back pain, loss of mobility and time off the job.

Before you lift or carry something: consider its weight, size and shape. Just because an object is small
doesn’t necessarily mean it will be lightweight. If it appears the item is too heavy for you to handle by
yourself, get help or use a mechanical lifting device. Also, plan your route and be sure to remove any
obstacles that might be in your path.

Positioning your body for proper lifting: bend your knees to the degree that it is comfortable and get a
good grip on the object. Using your leg and back muscles, lift the object straight up, smoothly and evenly.
Push with your legs and keep the item close to your body.

While lifting: avoid jerking, turning or making twisting movements. Take your time and use slow, cautious

Moving the object: use your feet to change direction rather than twisting and turning your body. Keep the
object close to your body and try to position the item between your waist and your shoulders.
Lowering the object: how you set the object down is just as important as picking it up. Use your leg and back
muscles and slowly lower the object by bending your knees. When it is securely positioned, release your grip.

Overhead objects: don’t stretch or grab an object that is overhead or too high to reach as this may result in
strains or falls. Use a ladder so you are in a position where you can lift and move the object safely without

Make these tips a part of your workplace routine to follow these tips and help prevent a possible back injury.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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