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Basic rules of good liftingSize up the load before you lift Bend your knees Center yourself over the load 1a
Basic rules of good liftingGet a good hand hold Lift straight up - let your legs do the work Don’t twist or turn 1b
Basic rules of good liftingHave a clear path Set the load down properly Always push a cart or dolly 1c
Basic rules of good liftingGet help for long loads Split up heavy loads when you can 1d
If back pain occurs You may have a serious problem if:resting a few days doesn’t help you have a feeling of numbness in your lower limbs 2a
If back pain occurs For on-the-job relief:get up a stretch if you sit for long periods shift your feet if you stand avoid leaning to one side if you stand 2b
Injuries that occur to backsStrains and sprains Ruptured or slipped disks Chronic tension and stress Other forms of back pain 3a
Injuries that occur to backsSome injuries require surgery Some injuries lead to permanent disability Back injuries can limit activities on and off the job 3b
Correct lifting postureBend knees Center body over the load Lift straight up 4a
Never twist or turn when liftingAdds strain to back’s disks, muscles, ligaments, tendons Plan your lift to avoid awkward positions Set load down if you’re losing your grip 5a
Never twist or turn when liftingDon’t twist and turn or juggle load to regain grip Keep back as straight as possible 5b
Carrying the load Ensure a clear pathEnsure a place where load can be set down Check for stability of load Can you get a good grip? 6a
Carrying the load Is the load too heavy for one person?Follow lifting weight restrictions Test the weight by carefully pushing load, or lifting one corner 6b
Carrying the load Use mechanical equipment if load is too heavyGet help if load is too heavy - lift at the same time to keep load balanced 6c
Lowering the load Bend the knees Slowly lower it; do not drop the loadAvoid sudden movements 7a
Lowering the load Bend knees to let leg muscles support the weightLower the load at the same time if working with partner 7b
Pushing versus pulling a loadPushing a load is easier on the back Pushing a load is easier to control 8a
Plan ahead Avoid using lower rack for moderately heavy to heavy items, or awkward items Get help when lifting heavy, awkward, or long items 9a
Plan ahead Size up the load: Can it be split into multiple loads?Smaller loads cause less strain on the back 9b
Plan ahead Use material handling equipment if load is too heavyForklifts Hoists Dollies 9c
Other factors in back injuriesAge of employee Improper postures when sleeping, standing, sitting Physical condition of employee Repetitive motions 10a
Summary of main points Types of injuries Proper lifting techniquesOther factors in back injuries 11a
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