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Do you realize you may
be risking serious injury many times a day and not even know it? Well, it's true
if you don't lift correctly. Improper lifting may
cause back injuries that can take months and even years to heal.
Sometimes they are permanent and disabling. A little know how, however, can
enable you to lift correctly.
PREPARING TO LIFT
Give the load the
once-over. If it looks too heavy, don't be afraid to ask for help. Be sure
you're wearing safety shoes. There is always the chance of dropping something on
your toes. If the object has rough or sharp edges, wear a good, tough pair of
work gloves. They'll give you a good grip and protect your hands.
MAKING THE LIFT
Crouch down with the
load between your legs and get a good grip on the object. As you
rise, lift with your legs, keeping your back vertical and the load as
close to you body as possible. If you have to place the load to your left or to
your right, don't twist your body. Move your feet instead. When you have to
lower a load, simply reverse the knees bent, back vertical procedure.
Let's quickly review what we said about lifting:
1. Don't lift more than
you can handle. Ask for help with heavy loads.
2. Wear safety shoes.
3. If the object is rough or sharp, wear gloves.
4. Lift with your legs
and not your back.
5. Keep the load close
to your body.
6. Don't twist your
body when placing a load to one side or the other. Move your feet instead.
When it comes to lifting, don't break your back. Instead, lift right and give your back a break.
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