Discuss proper lifting techniques.

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Jun 28th, 2015

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Always warm-up your back and legs before performing any lifting task! We are ALL athletes in life, so we need to warm-up our body to improve performance and to reduce risk of injury. It’s important to prepare your body for work. 

Low Back Rotation Stretch - Stand with hands on hips. Stabilizing the hips and legs, gently roll your upper body forward, right, backward, and left to stretch your lower back. Perform 5 slow circles gradually expanding the circle each time. Repeat in the opposite direction. 

Hamstring & Achilles Stretch - Position your body with one leg forward and the toes of that foot raised up. Keep your back straight while you bend forward at the waist. You should feel a stretch in the back of your thigh and knee. Then shift your weight onto your forward leg and bend knee, keep the back leg straight and heel on floor. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds. Perform each stretch 2 times for each leg. 

Before You Lift 

PLAN AHEAD 

 Know what you are lifting and how you will lift it. 

 Be aware of the weight of the object. 

 Determine whether or not it’s safe to lift on your own.

  Make sure the work area is flat, dry and clear of debris.

 CHECK YOUR PATHWAY

  Make sure the lift pathway is clear .

  Remove any tripping hazards or debris. 

 Check for any wet or slick surfaces.

 USE ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT 

 Use lift assists, forklift, dolly, cart, hand truck or hoist .

  Make sure you are trained before using the equipment. 

GET HELP WHEN NEEDED 

 When lifting awkward or heavy loads, utilize a two person lift . 

 Make sure you lift at the same time and keep the load level. 

WEAR PROPER PPE 

 Wear proper required protective shoes and gloves. 

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
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