February – 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!
Tighten stomach muscles and tuck pelvis in to keep your back in balance.
Bend at your knees! This centers balance and distributes weight.
Hold the object close to your body. Gradually straighten to a standing position.
DON’T BEND AT WAIST
This is the easiest way to strain your back.
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.
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.