Guidelines for Safe LiftingThe Spine’s Basic Functions • Provides support • Protects the spinal cord • Provides flexibility for bending and rotating
Guidelines for Safe LiftingDevelop A Neutral Spine • Neutral Spine: • When the ……. • Cervical (neck); • Thoracic (middle); and • Lumbar (lower) curves are present and in good alignment
Guidelines for Safe LiftingDevelop A Neutral Spine • Keep your spinal column aligned in its natural curves • Prop one foot up on a stool to reduce stress in your lower back
Guidelines for Safe LiftingDevelop A Neutral Spine http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/PatientEd/Materials/PDFDocs/employee/back-hea.pdf
Guidelines for Safe LiftingGetting Ready • Make sure you are ready for lifting • Avoid heavy lifts immediately upon starting work
Guidelines for Safe LiftingGetting Ready • Shift your posture often • Stretch frequently throughout the day • Keep your body flexible (not rigid or fixed) • Don’t force your body to conform to its workspace
Guidelines for Safe LiftingPlan for Lifting Will a back belt work for you?
Guidelines for Safe LiftingPlan for Lifting • Checkout your carrying route • Check the weight of the load • Make sure your load is secure so no shifting occurs • Wear appropriate boots or shoes for good traction • If gloves are worn, choose a size that fits properly
Guidelines for Safe LiftingPlan for Lifting • Can you eliminate heavy lifting with moving equipment? • Could the load overly stress your upper body? • Would lifting and carrying be too fatiguing?
Guidelines for Safe LiftingPlan for Lifting Use proper equipment • Hand trucks • Forklifts • Dollies Push, don’t pull!
Guidelines for Safe LiftingPlan for Lifting Above your shoulders? • Use a stool or ladder
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSafe Lifting Techniques Keep the lifts in the power (safe lifting) zoneif possible.
Safe Lifting Techniques • Take a wide stance • Tighten your stomach muscles • Use smooth, even motions when lifting
Safe Lifting Techniques • Keep load close to your body • Use your legs to push up and lift the load • Do not use your upper body or back to lift!
Safe Lifting Techniques • Continue to lift the • load close to your • body and straighten • your legs.
Safe Lifting • Techniques • Stand up straight before walking with the load • Move your feet instead of twisting your body
Safe Lifting Techniques • Lower the load to the ground by bending your knees, not your back • Keep the load close to your body • Never bend your upper body or back • Keep your hands and feet clear
Guidelines for Safe LiftingTeam Lifting Team lifting MUST be coordinated
Guidelines for Safe LiftingTeam Lifting • Communicate to your co-worker that you are ready • Get close to the object • Lift slowly together • Use your legs to lift • Do not twist
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSummary • Warm-up muscles before lifting • Check weight of load • Keep lifts in your Power Zone • Keep your eyes slightly up
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSummary Hold close to your body Bend your knees, never your back Lift with your knees
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSummary • Never carry anything you can’t see over or around • Team lift when the load is too much for one person
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSummary • Do Not • Lift while reaching or stretching • Lift from an uncomfortable posture • Fight to recover a dropped object (let it go)!
Guidelines for Safe LiftingSummary • Do Not • Twist and lift • Lift with one hand (unbalanced) • Lift loads across obstacles
Guidelines For Safe Lifting Treat your back well, it’s the only one you have.