Related Work Activities • Lifting, pushing or pulling heavy bags • Carrying large, heavy sacks • Moving large, heavy drums • Lifting sheet type objects • Transferring heavy objects
Hazardous Conditions & Unsafe Acts • Bending from the waist to pick up objects. • Lifting boxes above the chest. • Twisting the body to carry a heavy object. • Lifting objects when in poor physical condition.
Potential Outcomes • Lost work time • Worker’s compensation claims • Long-lasting back pain • Permanent injury • Permanently disabled
Factors That Contribute to Back Injuries • Weight of the load lifted • The range of the lift • The location of the load in relation to the body • The size and shape of the load • The number and frequency of lifts performed
What Materials Are Lifted? • Compact bags • Compact loads • Large and heavy bags • Bulky sacks • Drums and barrels • Sheet materials • Two-person lifts • Transferring heavy objects
Remember: Always keep your back straight when lifting!
Transferring Heavy Objects Pull the material toward you Transfer your weight to the lift side
Transferring Heavy Objects Lift only to required level Shift weight to your other leg
Storing Heavy Objects • Storing heavy objects at waist height will reduce the vertical lifting strain on the body.
Hand Truck/Cart Safety • Work gloves and safety shoes should be worn. • Check for damaged parts • Place heavier loads on bottom • Do not overload • The operator should push and balance the truck always walking forward.
Shoveling: For Your Safety • Make sure that the terrain you are digging is free of cables and pipes • If you are not sure, contact utilities for location of cables and pipes prior to digging. • Wear the proper protective clothing; safety footwear, gloves, long pants if necessary • Allow for safe distance between people if you are working with other people.
Remember: Lift with your knees and legs --- Not with your back
Additional Information • http://planetfile.objectwareinc.com/pdfs/PLANETSafetyTips2july05.pdf • http://www.cdc.gov/elcosh/docs/d0200/d000253/d000253.html • http://www.cdc.gov/elcosh/docs/d0500/d000500/d000500.html • http://www.ohiobwc.com/downloads/blankpdf/LiftGuideBackStudy.pdf • http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000101-d000200/d000108/d000108.html