LIFTING

  1. Before lifting, check the load for slivers, jagged edges, burrs, rough or slippery surfaces, and protruding nails.
  2. Wear appropriate protective clothing (gloves, safety shoes, etc.).
  3. Ask for help when a load cannot be handled safely by one person because of excessive weight, bulkiness or awkward shape of the load.
  4. Check your route of travel for any slip, trip or fall hazards before you lift.
  5. When lifting as a group, one person should communicate commands to the others.  Indicate any changes in elevation, cornering or settings.  Always give adequate warnings before setting your portion of the load down.
  6. Recommended Lifting Procedures:
    a. Stand close to the load with your feet spread shoulder width apart.
    b. Squat down, bending at the hips and knees, while keeping your back straight.
    c.
    Grip the load firmly, tighten your abdomen, and use your legs to lift the object.
    d.
    Lift in one continuous motion while keeping your back straight.
    e.
    Remember to breathe normally while you lift.  Steady breathing prevents you from becoming fatigued.
    f.
    Keep the load close to your body.  The closer the load is to your body, the less pressure it exerts on your back.
    g.
    Change directions by moving your feet. Never twist your body.
    h.
    When you set the load down, bend only at the hips and knees while keeping your lower back straight.
    i.
    If retrieving a load from above your shoulder level, do not reach over your head.  Elevate yourself to the load with a ladder.