Lifting an oversized or heavy object occurs every day on most Michigan work sites. And, far too many times, workers injure themselves while performing this task. Proper lifting techniques can help prevent a work accident, but unfortunately, too many workers still do not practice the proper way to lift or have not been given the proper lifting instructions. So here are some basic steps to take when lifting on the job.
The first step to take before lifting an object is to think about the task at hand. The worker should inspect the object to be lifted and check for any sharp edges or corners that could prove dangerous. It’s also important for a worker to know their own limitations when it comes to lifting. They should always ask for help if necessary.
Before lifting the object, the worker should stand close to the object with their feet shoulder width apart. The worker should also place one foot slightly in front of the other in order to maintain their balance. The next step is to crouch down while bending at the knees. Do not bend at the waist, as this places additional strain on the back. The worker should tuck their chin down while squatting and try to keep their back straight.
The next step is for the worker to get a steady grip on the object before lifting. The worker should then begin to straighten their legs while they are lifting. They should also try to remain as straight as possible and avoid twisting their body.
Once they are standing straight up, a worker should hold the object as close to their body as possible. And if they need to turn, they should turn with their feet and not the trunk of their body.
A worker should then follow these steps in reverse when they reach their destination. However, any Michigan worker who has suffered an injury while lifting on the job may want to speak with a work accident attorney after receiving the proper medical care in order to determine if they are entitled to seek proper compensation.
Source: Grainger.com, “Proper Lifting Techniques,” Accessed Dec. 20, 2015