Safe Lifting Techniques
Here are a few safe lifting techniques:
Do Not Overexert – Test the object first – turn it, tilt it, slide it
Team Lift when Objects are heavy
Get as Close as Possible to the object
Bend Your Knees and Hips as far as comfortable (“stoop”)
Lift Slowly and Steadily, Keeping the load Close to body
Stand and Step – Move Feet to Turn – Don’t Twist
Carry it Close – Keeping load against thighs or abdomen
Lower in Reverse
Did You Know?
Stooping (bending knees and bending hips as far as comfortable) to lift from low levels exerts less force into the lower spine discs than Squatting
Why? Stooping keeps the distance from your hands to your lowest lumbar joint (L5-S1)
Top Two most important training tips for lifting safely at any level are:
Keep the objects as Close as possible to your body; and
Never twist while lifting or lowering objects.
Rule of Thumb: STOOP – STAND – STEP
Stoop to move your hands to the object.
Step to avoid twisting– point your foot in the direction you are moving to next.