February 2016 Safety Topic: Lifting and Carrying
Improper lifting techniques are responsible for a large percentage of back injuries. Proper lifting and carrying methods offer protection against such injuries. Lifting and carrying is hazardous unless you use the right muscles.
Here are a few simple tips to reduce manual handling risks:
- Use arm and leg muscles for lifting.
- Warm up before lifting, and avoid over-straining.
- Do not attempt to lift more than you can carry safely and without undue strain.
- Call for help with heavy loads!
Download the Lifting and Carrying Safety Topic Flyer for additional helpful tips for protecting your home. Remember to 'think' about what you are going to do before picking up an object. Even when lifting light objects, safe-lifting techniques must become a habit.