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How To Avoid Manual Lifting Injuries In The Workplace

What Is Manual Lifting

Manual lifting involves transporting/conveying a material from one point to another by hand.

It involves lifting, pushing, pulling, dropping, etc.

Manual lifting is one of the major causes of workplace injuries which includes, musculoskeletal disorders, back pain, pains in joints and muscles, repetitive strain injury, etc.

Due to the harmful effect of poor manual handling techniques in the workplace,  let us highlight some poor lifting techniques adopted on site.

What You Should Not Do During Manual Lifting


  • Avoid manual lifting as far as possible.
  • Do not force yourself to lift an object that is above your lifting capacity.
  • Do not lift to impress
  • Never jump into lifting without prior planning


Good Manual Lifting Techniques

  • Plan your lifting: This involves assessing the load; the size, the weight, the texture, the position to determine if you can lift it or not.
  • Lift mentally before actual lifting: Lifting mentally means a mental plan on how to execute the lifting plan.
  • Maintain good lifting posture: Try to keep your back straight while lifting. Bend your knees towards the load with your feet slightly open. Make sure one feet is slightly ahead of the other to maintain balance.
  • Assess your route before you move the load. Ensure that the route is hitch free.



General Technique For Good Manual Lifting


  • Avoid manual lifting as much as possible.
  • Do not attempt lifting load that is above your lifting capacity.
  • Do not bend to lift the load. Instead tilt your knee towards the load to lift it. This pattern will ensure that you don’t lift with your back muscle.
  • Get very close to the load before lifting.
  • Make sure you have a firm grip of the load before lifting to avoid the load falling off.
  • Avoid lifting the load from the floor level.
  • Keep your feet slightly open while lifting, and ensure good balance.
  • Keep the load at your waist level
  • Keep the heaviest part of the load close to your body.
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