lifting, check the load for slivers, jagged edges, burrs, rough
or slippery surfaces, and protruding nails.
appropriate protective clothing (gloves, safety shoes, etc.).
for help when a load cannot be handled safely by one person
because of excessive weight, bulkiness or awkward shape of the
your route of travel for any slip, trip or fall hazards before
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.
- Recommended Lifting Procedures:
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.
the load firmly, tighten your abdomen, and use your legs to
lift the object.
in one continuous motion while keeping your back straight.
to breathe normally while you lift.
Steady breathing prevents you from becoming fatigued.
the load close to your body.
The closer the load is to your body, the less pressure
it exerts on your back.
directions by moving your feet. Never twist your body.
you set the load down, bend only at the hips and knees while
keeping your lower back straight.
retrieving a load from above your shoulder level, do not reach
over your head. Elevate
yourself to the load with a ladder.