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Who’s at risk?

The service industry has the highest incidence of injuries due to overexertion in lifting, followed by retail and manufacturing.  But anytime you pick up a box or a heavy object – at work or at home – you put yourself at risk.

You can avoid injury by following these safe lifting tips:

  • Estimate the weight of the object by tilting it up slowly. If it’s hard to move, it’s too heavy to lift. Get help, or use a lifting aid.
  • Keep the object you’re lifting as close to your body as possible.
  • Avoid twisting your back as you lift. Instead, move your feet to turn.
  • Always lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Objects with lifting handles make the job easier and reduce the strain on your back.
  • Keep a firm footing, and plan your route to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Strengthen your back and abdominal muscles with regular exercise.
  • Spend a few minutes every day before work on power warm-ups.
  • Watch your weight. Extra pounds cause extra strain on your back.


Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.


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This content was last modified on: 05/08/2017

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