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Lifting & Working Safely

Guidance and instruction for safe lifting and working techniques can have positive impact on employees and the overall work environment. This increases their confidence in their own abilities and reduces the fear of potential injuries, leading to improved morale and job satisfaction.

Lifting and manipulating heavy objects incorrectly can put strain on the back,

shoulders, and other parts of the body, resulting in musculoskeletal disorders or other long-term injuries.

providing guidance on safe lifting techniques fosters a culture of safety within the organization. When employers prioritize the well-being of their employees by offering training and support in this area, it signals that they genuinely care about their workers' safety. This, in turn, strengthens employee loyalty and commitment to the organization and creates a positive work environment.

An emphasis on safe lifting techniques can lead to increased productivity. When employees are confident in their ability to safely handle heavy objects, they can carry out their tasks more efficiently. This reduces the likelihood of delays or accidents caused by lifting errors, therefore enhancing overall work productivity.

Some tips for good workplace posture & position to share with your team:

Lifting: Always bend at your knees and use your leg muscles to lift heavy objects. Keep your back straight, avoiding any twisting or jerking motions.

Carrying: Hold the load close to your body, evenly distributing the weight. Avoid carrying heavy objects for extended periods, and take breaks if needed.

Pushing: Stand close to the object you are pushing, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Use your body weight and legs to exert force, keeping your back straight and avoiding any sudden pushes.

Pulling: Similar to pushing, stand close to the object and use your leg muscles and body weight to initiate the pull. Keep your back straight and use steady, controlled movements.

Maintain good posture throughout the day: Stand straight with your shoulders relaxed, and avoid slouching or hunching over. Keep your core muscles engaged to support your spine.

Take your breaks: Avoid working in one posture for long periods, as it can strain your muscles. Take short breaks to stretch, walk around, and change your position.

Use proper equipment: When lifting or carrying heavy objects, use gloves, a dolly, or other assistive devices to reduce strain on your body.

Communicate with colleagues: If you need help moving a heavy object or if the load is too much for you to handle, don't hesitate to ask for assistance from a coworker.

Prioritize ergonomics: Arrange your workspace to optimize comfort and productivity. Adjust your chair, desk, and monitor height to promote correct posture.

Stay active outside of work: Engage in regular exercise and strengthening activities to keep your muscles strong and healthy. This will help prevent injuries and maintain good biomechanics throughout the workday.

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