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Lifting Safety

More than one million workers suffer back injuries each year.

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Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year.

Heavy loads place great stress on muscles, discs, and vertebrae, so it’s important that employees use smart lifting practices.

Here are some tips for staying safe while lifting: 

  • Keep your elbows close to your body and keep the load as close to your body as possible. 
  • Materials that must be manually lifted should be placed at the "power zone" height, which is about mid-thigh to mid-chest, while maintaining a straight spine alignment whenever possible.
  • Avoid twisting, especially when bending forward while lifting. Turn by moving the feet rather than twisting the torso.
  • Limit the weight you lift to no more than 50 pounds.  When lifting loads heavier than 50 pounds, use two or more people to lift the load.
  • If possible, place items on shelves to minimize repetitive tasks like bending over while picking up packages. 

We use our body to lift things every day. Take care of your back and remember that it’s okay to ask for help.

Until next time, stay positive and stay safe. 

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