As we work through our daily routines we sometimes lose focus on taking smart steps to prevent strains/sprains.
Over a period of time, repeatedly lifting and carrying objects can increase stress on our bodies. If certain steps are not taken during these activities, we may be increasing our chances of injury to our backs and lower/upper extremities due to poor planning and lifting techniques.
Following the steps outlined by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will help prevent these type of injuries:
Test The Load Being Lifted: never lift more than you can reasonably handle (target <25lbs)
Get Help: Use a cart or other material handling devices – or ask a coworker
Clear The Path: Make sure you have a clear path with no trip hazards as well as a safe place to deliver the object
- Keep the object close to your body
- Establish a solid base of support with your feet
- Bend your knees and don’t bend over
- Look for a good grip point on the object
- Keep the natural S shape of your back
- Tuck in arms and elbows and lift your head up
- Make a smooth lift…don’t jerk the object up
- Pivot with your feet and don’t twist during the lift
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