Safety First

FebruaryProper Lifting

Proper Lifting

Stretching and Loosening Up Before Work

Research has shown that trunk flexibility and mobility are significantly lower in the morning than later in the day, increasing the number and severity of back strains at this time. A few minutes of stretching can warm up cold stiff muscles and tendons and help you avoid an injury. All professional athletes know this –“industrial athletes” should, too!

Do

DO

TUCK

Tighten stomach muscles and tuck pelvis in to keep your back in balance.

BEND KNEES

Bend at your knees! This centers balance and distributes weight.

HUG

Hold the object close to your body. Gradually straighten to a standing position.

Don't

DON’T

DON’T BEND AT WAIST

This is the easiest way to strain your back.

DON’T TWIST

Twisting can overload your spine and lead to serious injury.

DON’T BE A HERO

If a load is just too large or heavy to carry, don’t take unnecessary chances.

IMPORTANT

No one intends to injure his or her back, but every year thousands of workers suffer back related injuries. Taking precautionary measures is your best defense.

 

 

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