Thursday, September 30, 2010

Safe Lifting Prevents Back Injuries

A Post Office Department Safety Poster from the 1960s.

More than half of all back injuries are directly related to improper lifting — one of the leading causes of accidents in mail processing facilities.

When carrying an object, keep the load close to your body to exert less force on your back. Also, make sure your vision isn’t blocked to avoid a trip and fall.

Plan ahead before unloading an object. An ideal spot would be at waist height to prevent unnecessary bending. Avoid crushing your hands when you release the weight and crouch down with your back straight using your thigh muscles to lower an object.

Safe lifting techniques are as important at home as they are at work. Show family members the safe way to lift, so they too can avoid back injuries.

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