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LOWERING FROM OVERHEAD
We talk a great deal
about the proper way to lift things up. But
we don't say enough about lifting them down -that is, lowering them from
overhead. This can be dangerous. Recently a worker was tearing down a machine.
He had to remove a flywheel from a shoulder-high shaft. The wheel didn't look
heavy to him, but when it came free, it was more than he could handle.
He fell to the floor with the flywheel on top of him and was seriously
A COMMON OCCURRENCE
Getting into trouble
when lowering heavy items is a common occurrence. You may have experienced
trouble yourself. Perhaps you had
to get a box of hard ware from a high shelf. You had the box over your head and
suddenly realized you couldn't handle it. It was coming down on top of you. You
were afraid to hang onto it, afraid to let go. The box hit you as it slid from
your grasp. The contents scattered all over the floor.
HOW TO APPROACH OVERHEAD LOADS
SIZE UP THE LOAD - If
it looks too heavy for you to have lifted it to where it is, it's probably too
heavy for you to take down. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Once you get
it loose, it's all yours. And if you can't handle it, it's too late.
ASK YOURSELF: HOW DID IT GET UP THERE?
- Was it put there by lift truck? By two men? By a real big guy; Atlas
maybe? The way it got up there is probably the best way to get it down.
HOW TO LOWER A LOAD YOU CAN HANDLE
When you're lowering
something you can handle, set it down the same way you would lift it up. Keep
knees bent and back straight. If you have o place it to one side or the other,
don't twist your body. Move your feet instead.
WHAT GOES UP WILL COME DOWN - FASTER
If you're lifting something up, you can always stop if you find it's too heavy. But when lowering a load from overhead, you've already passed the point of no return the moment it breaks free.
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