What’s the safest way to lift an object? The answer is to not lift the object in the first place. Before you do any lifting, make sure the object can’t be moved with material aids such as a dolly. If you determine the lift is necessary, the best way to lift an object is to tuck your pelvis, bend at your knees (not your back), hug the load close to you and lift straight up without twisting. However, if you are lifting an awkward load, such as objects overhead or in a bin, using the standard lifting technique may not be possible.
Use a ladder to prevent overreaching
Test the weight of the object prior to climbing down
Slide the object as close to you as possible
Pass the object down to a coworker before descending
REACHING INTO BINS
This lift should only be used for light items.
Rest your non-lifting hand on top of the bin
Bend over and firmly grab the object
Push down on your non-lifting hand to force your body back upright
Do not use your back to assist you
Keep the front end of long loads higher than the back end
Ask for help if the object is too heavy or long to safely carry
If the load blocks your vision, use a mechanical aid or ask a coworker for help
Carry long loads on your shoulder
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