Lifting Ergonomics: Avoid Back Injury with Proper Lifting Techniques

Posted by | April 10, 2014 | Company Highlights | No Comments
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Whether young or old, proper lifting techniques are essential to avoiding back injuries. Here are are a few important guidelines to follow when lifting:

  • Keep a wide base of support. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other (karate stance).
  • Squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. If needed, put one knee to the floor and your other knee in front of you, bent at a right angle (half kneeling).
  • Maintain good posture. Look straight ahead, and keep your back straight, your chest out, and your shoulders back. This helps keep your upper back straight while maintaining a slight arch in your lower back.
  • Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees (not your back). Keep your back straight, and don’t twist as you lift.
  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible, at the level of your belly button.
  • Lead with your hips as you change direction. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips as you move.
  • Set down your load carefully, squatting with the knees and hips only.

 

Information Sourced From:

“Back Problems: Proper Lifting.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/lifting-properly-to-prevent-back-injury#>

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