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Back To The Basics
You stand a far better
chance of remaining fit and pain-free if you'll stick with the basics in lifting
and handling materials.
Many painful injuries happen
to construction workers because they forget several basic manual material
handling suggestions. Here are a few pointers about lifting and handling:
First, think of your tender toes, in case something heavy
drops. Always keep those toes of yours under protective steel cover; wear safety
Think of your hands. Wear good tough gloves when you
handle anything rough, sharp or splintery.
Before you heave-ho, be sure you've got a secure grip and
Keep the load close to your body, to minimize the strain.
Lift smoothlydon't jerk as you lift.
See that fingers and toes stay in the clear when lifting
Don't twist your body when carrying a load; pivot with
your feet instead of your spine.
When a load is too heavy or awkward to handle alone, be
quick to ask for help.
Plan your path of execution and make sure it is free of
debris and obstacles.
Push rather than pull.
Use equipment (dollies, carts, two-wheelers,
hydraulic/electrical hoists or lifts) to move loads whenever possible.
Make sure work levels are at waist height when standing
and elbow height when sitting whenever possible.
If you have to work in one position for a long period of
time, take stretching breaks.
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