Safety Talks – Lifting Safety
Back injuries are one of the most common injuries found in industry. With this Safety Talk we will address proper lifting techniques, how to reduce the risk of a back injury and some other general safety tips.
- Ensure that you are wearing proper clothing and PPE
- Steel toe shoes should always be worn when lifting heavy items
- Gloves are also recommended when lifting certain objects
- Stretch before you attempt to lift a heavy object or at the beginning of your shift
- If possible, store materials at waist height to reduce the strain on your back
- Have materials delivered as close to the final destination as possible
- Assess the object you are going to be lifting
- Determine the weight of the object before lifting
- Determine the best place to grip the object
- Ensure that your travel path is free of slipping and tripping hazards
- Know your own lifting restrictions and capabilities
- Use carts, dollies, forklifts and hoists to move materials
- When lifting a load more than 50 lbs, get help from another worker
- Use carrying tools with handles to carry odd-shaped loads
Proper Lifting Techniques
- You are more likely to be injured when you are tired or cold.
- Take your time and lift as smoothly as possible. Avoid “jerking” when lifting.
Everyone should go home safely at the end of the day, so always remember to use caution and follow the above steps before lifting anything that could pose a risk of injury.