Like this reminder re knowing how much you should lift. Further to this however the MMH and lifting training programs have clearly been shown to not impact injury prevention whatsoever or employee work behaviours. To learn more about this on an evidence based basis turn to Dr Stu McGill’s work at the U Waterloo and also the Cochrane Network’s research housed at Hamilton University Canada. The ergonomic team at OPC


image001Practice safe lifting

  • Try not to lift more weight than you’re used to carrying. How much you can handle safely depends in part on your level of conditioning. Technique also makes a difference.
  • To help avoid back injury, remember to lift with your legs. Here’s how:
  • Bend your knees.
  • Keep your back straight, even when you’re putting down the load.
  • Hold the load close to your body and use a slow, steady lifting motion.
  • Don’t twist while carrying something. Instead, turn your feet and your body in the direction you want to go.
  • If you need to move something that’s too heavy for you to lift, ask someone to help you. Or, if you’re authorized to use a forklift or other device, use it to move the object.

via Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe at Work.

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