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Industrial Lifting


When it comes to lifting, it's not how much you lift, but how you do it.


To help prevent injury when lifting, begin with a daily warm-up stretch exercise program. Even 2-5 minutes goes a long way in prepping the muscles for a lift.


Before a lift, familiarize yourself with your company safety policies. Then assess if the load is even safe for you to handle alone. Team up with a lifting buddy for excess weights or awkward items. If possible, use mechanical devices or dollies to aid with lifting and eliminate any unnecessary lifting. As always in any continuous lifting situation, support your back safely with a belt to aid in reducing the incidence of the most common area of injury -- the lower lumbar and abdominal regions -- and use knee support to keep your legs protected and comfortable. The majority of the weight to be lifted should be done with your leg muscles. Additionally, proper lifting technique suggests you should bend at your knees and keep your back as straight as possible. When lifting, always remember to:


  • Face the object you are lifting with feet shoulder-width apart
  • Turn your whole body, not just your feet
  • Never over-extend your back, maintain a natural curve
  • Keep the load close to your body
  • Stand up straight, keep head and shoulders up
  • Don't make sudden or jerky motions
  • Team up on heavy or odd-size objects
  • Avoid awkward positions when doing repetitive motions
  • Familiarize yourself with your company's policy on lifting limits







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