I do a lot of lifting and carrying. How can I do it safely?

If you are required to do a lot of lifting and carrying, your employer should provide training. Here is a basic checklist for safe lifting and carrying:

  • Keep your back straight.
  • Allow your thigh muscles (quadriceps) to do the work, rather than your back.
  • Before lifting an object from the floor, take a wide stable stance and squat down.
  • Keep your head up, back straight and stomach pulled in.
  • Grasp the object firmly and pull it close to your body.
  • Stand up in one slow, smooth movement.
  • Keep your head up and push with your legs.
  • When carrying a heavy object to another location, make sure you have prepared the route by looking out for obstacles.
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