Safe Lifting

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.