10 tips for lifting safely on the job
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 32 percent of injuries involving missed workdays in 2014 were the result of musculoskeletal disorders. Overexertion and cumulative trauma were the biggest factors in these injuries. And these injuries can happen in a variety of workplaces from offices to grocery stores to warehouses. (Have you ever tried lifting a case of copy paper or a case of one-liter soda bottles?)
Employers can reduce the incidence of many strains and sprains by training all employees to lift safely. Here are 10 tips for lifting safely.
1. Avoid standing too far from the load.
2. Consider breaking up your loads into multiple intervals.
3. Don’t judge weight by the size of the load.
4. Test every load before you lift it.
5. Identify in advance your intended path.
6. Avoid taking loads over slippery or uneven surfaces.
7. Keep your back straight and bend your knees to the floor.
8. Use proper support systems.
9. Lift with a slow steady force.
10. Make use of handles.