Avoid Back Pain and Injury
By using proper lifting techniques, the majority of back pain and injuries can be avoided. Most of back pain is caused by injuries to the back over time and improper lifting techniques. The most common injury to the back is strain or overexertion. Improper lifting, twisting while lifting, lifting with your back all cause injuries. At home or at work. Stop and assess the situation before you attempt to lift an item or load. Assess the object to get an idea of how heavy the item is and determine if you need help. As a rule , avoid lifting items that are bulky, extremely heavy or if you are unable to handle items heavier than 30 to 40 pounds. If necessary use a lifting device.
Cause of Back Pain and Injuries
Lifting with your back
Twisting while lifting and carrying loads
Lifting heavy items
Not checking how heavy an item may be
Sudden jerking movements
Poor posture coupled with improper lifting technique
Lifting loads above your head
Disc degeneration due to repetitive motion
Proven Safety Tips to Eliminate Back Injuries when lifting loads
Clear the walking path of debris and any tripping hazards.
Avoid reaching over head and lifting loads above the shoulders
Check the weight of the item before attempting to lift it.
Always keep your back straight
Always bend at the knees and never arch your back
Lower your body by bending the knees to a 90 degree angle and lift by pushing your body up with your legs
Avoid sudden jerking movements that could cause and injury.
Do not lift and twist at the same time. Stand upright without twisting. Then move your feet, Do Not twist your body.
Firmly grasp the item with both hands and pull it close to your body (power zone).
Make sure you can see over the top of what you are trying to lift. Unseen object can slide off and strike your head and face.
Always ask for help when attempting to lift heavy loads.
Use mechanical devices to lift heavy and bulky loads