Safe Lifting Procedure
Stand close to the load with your feet spread about shoulder width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other for balance.
- Squat down, bending at the knees (not your waist). Tuck your chin while keeping your back as vertical as possible.
- Get a firm grasp on the object before beginning the lift.
- Slowly begin lifting with your legs by straightening them. Never twist your body during this step.
- Once the lift is complete, keep the object as close to the body as possible. As the load’s center of gravity moves away from the body, there is a dramatic increase in stress to the lumbar region of the back.