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