Monday, April 8, 2013

Lifting Tips to Avoid Injuries


                Back injuries in the workplace can create many problems when it comes to efficiency on the job. These injuries come from repeatedly sitting or standing for long hours with bad posture. Lifting improperly when moving items is another major cause for injury. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to lifting objects to avoid back injury. 
  • The first tip is crucial when it comes to picking up heavy objects. Bend at the knees first and always keep your back straight. Do not twist when lifting. If the object is too heavy or awkwardly shaped ask for help or use a mechanical devise to assist you. 
  • The second tip should be considered when carrying the load. To avoid injury when carrying an object try holding it closely to your body and make sure you have a solid grip. Using your palms rather than your fingers will be easier and less likely to injure your hands. If the object does get too heavy, set it down, just remember to set it down safely.  When turning, remember to turn with your feet first and try not to twist. 
  • The third set of tips is for setting down the object. Always keep your head up. If your head is up and you are looking straight forward it will help your back to be straight. Be sure when lifting the object to bend at your knees when you set it down.
  • Lastly, if your job requires a lot of standing or sitting try these suggestions to avoid injury. Use cushioned floor mats. These mats well help reduce stress on the discs of your back. For jobs that require excessive amounts of sitting, try keeping your back straight and have your computer monitor at eye level. Take time to sit after prolonged periods of standing, stand after long periods of sitting, take plenty of breaks, and stretch.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Let's make it safe this Monday.

Contributed by Dale Bromenshenkel,
Demand Generation Specialist, Lift'n Buddy, A Southworth Company.