Practicing Safe Lifting

Manual lifting is a critical component of many labour jobs and most of us do some form of lifting throughout our work day. However, incorrect lifting can lead to a variety of health problems and prevent you from being able to do your job properly in the future. Practicing safe lifting is a simple and effective way to keep you safe on the job!

Follow these safety tips for proper lifting and keep yourself safe at work!

Safe Lifting Tips

You are practicing safe lifting if:

  • The lift is performed between knuckle and elbow height
  • There is minimal horizontal distance between the load and the body
  • You avoid twisting when lifting or lowering a load
  • You alternate lifting tasks with lighter work to give your body a chance to recover
  • You bend your hips, not your back, if you have to bend
  • You use handles
  • You do not lift alone if it is too heavy or awkward

Remember to:

  • Test the weight of the load and make sure your path is clear
  • Rotate your hips (keep curve in low back)
  • Bend your knees
  • Get close to the load
  • Contract your stomach muscles
  • Position your feet in a ‘v’ instead of twisting
  • Lift with both hands

Follow these 4 simple steps to safe lifting:

safe lifting tips

OHSP 2015-2017 Edition – June 30, 2015