Toolbox Talk: Proper Lifting

Toolbox Talk: Proper Lifting

On June 23, 2014, Posted by , In Toolbox Talk, By , , With No Comments

Guide for Discussion: Most of us forget the importance of our backs for the enjoyment of a normal, happy and successful life. However, the back contains one of the most critical muscle groups in the body, as well as the spinal cord and associated vertebrae and disks. Everyone working in the building industry must lift materials to either put them into place or to expedite from one location to another. Back injuries are cumulative; a lo of small injuries lead up to the big one. It is, therefore, important to remember the key elements of proper lifting.

Preparing to lift:

==> Do you need help? Get help if needed (i.e. more people, lift equipment, etc.)
==> Do you need to stretch before preparing to lift?
==> Determine the load capacity
==> Determine your ability to handle the load
==> Wear safe shoes
==> Wear gloves to protect your hands if the surface is rough
==> Make sure you have a clear walkway

Making the Lift:
==> Center the load between your legs or shoulders
==> Always bend with your legs
==> Keep your back straight
==> Lift with your legs (you can feel you leg muscles doing the work)
==> Keep the load close to your body (hug the object you’re lifting)

Moving the Load:
==> Keep your back as vertical as possible
==> Keep the load close to you
==> Don’t twist your body –move your feet
==> When lowering your load, bend with the knees and keep the back straight

Remember to follow these rules of lifting and you will give your back a break rather than breaking your back! Note: ¬†Always promote a discussion on any of the topics covered in the Construct Corps: Tool Box Talk. ¬†Should any question arise that you cannot answer, don’t hesitate to contact our OSHA authorized instructor: Marcos Caballero phone: (813) 498-0659 email: MCaballero@ConstructCorps.com

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