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Safety Group Program Newsletter - Oct 2013
October 2013



Editor’s Note: Safety Group Program Monthly Newsletter Article – October 2013

Contact: Amy Statkevicus (303.361.4769, amy.statkevicus@pinnacol.com)


Preventing Lifting Injuries at Work

Industry-specific job hazards are serious business. Electricians focus on avoiding electrocution. Manufacturing companies commonly employ machine guards. And while industry-specific prevention strategies are extremely important, they don’t address one of the most common causes of injuries across all industries: lifting.

 

Lifting is one of the most common job functions in any industry, and one of the biggest drivers of claims frequency and severity. Share and follow these tips to avoid lifting injuries in your workplace: 

  • Plan the lift

  • Carry smaller loads

  • Get help if the load is too large

  • Do not carry loads that are too heavy

  • Get close to the load before lifting

  • Keep the object close to your body and keep a good grip

  • Avoid twisting your body when lifting materials

  • Bend at the knees and keep your back straight

  • Lift with your legs, not your back

  • Keep heavy materials close to the work area

Ensure that items to be lifted are stored at a level that is between hand and shoulder height.

 

For more information on injury prevention, visit Pinnacol.com or call our Safety on Call hotline at 303.361.4700.