Guidelines for Manual lifting
Starting some DIY at home? Here we have some safety tips to help you along the way.
Today, we want to talk about some precautions that can be taken to prevent an injury caused by manual lifting, whilst doing home improvements.
It’s very easy to hurt your back if you’re not careful when it comes to lifting heavy box’s. Many of us think we can lift heavy amounts without pulling a muscle or putting a disk out, but you’d be wrong! Up to 75% of injuries caused by manual lifting could have been prevented, so it’s important that we all take precautions when it comes to lifting.
General Guidelines for lifting
There are general guidelines in place for what weight any man or women should lift. If you apply these guidelines, you could save yourself an injury. No man should attempt to lift anything heavier than 25kg and no women more than 16kg. The correct way to lift a box from the floor is here in these easy steps:
- Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of each other.
- Squat down, keep your back straight and bend at the hips and knees ONLY, If needed, put one knee in front of you.
- Look straight ahead, keeping your back straight, your chest out and your shoulders back.
- Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees, don’t twist as you lift.
- Hold the load close to your body as possible.
- Set down the load carefully, bending the knees and hips only, remembering to keep your back straight.
- If the load is too heavy, do not attempt to lift it on your own get someone to lend a hand.
- If at all possible wear steel toe cap boots to protect your feet, if a heavy load were to fall from your hands, you’d be very thankful you took our advice.
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