April 12 2016
1. Think the job through:
- How far must it be carried?
- Are all the doors open?
- Can a mechanical assistance be used?
- How can I hold the load?
- Is help needed?
- Where does the load have to be placed?
2. Correctly position your body:
- Stomach muscles contracted
- Bend your knees
- Place feet on either side of the load
- Grip the load firmly
- Keep your back and shoulders straight
- Keep your body balanced
- Lift the load smoothly, using your legs – not your back.
3. Handle the load correctly:
- Use your full body weight to move the load
- Face the direction in which the load is to be moved
- Hold the load close to your body
- Move your feet – do not twist your body
- Look where you are going
- Move slowly and steadily.
4. Place the load down:
- Place load at waist height if possible
- Squat down using the same principles as the lift
- Never lift a load if you have to exert yourself to do so.
If you must move the object during a lift, do so by pivoting on your feet and leaving your hips and back straight.