Proper lifting techniques should be stressed and imparted to workers by all organizations. Unfortunately, they are mostly overlooked. Most people are working to meet deadlines, and in an attempt to finish work quickly, they often end up lifting heavy objects in unsafe ways, leading to serious injuries.
Back injuries from dangerous lifting practices are one of the leading causes that people miss work days. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries and health problems caused due to overexertion from lowering or lifting resulted in 12 missed work days on average, and has been found to be the fifth highest rate per 10,000 full-time workers. Educating workers about proper lifting techniques is of paramount importance, even in industries where lifting heavy objects is not required.
Planning and prevention are the best solutions for mitigating risks in the workplace. With proper training pertaining to the usage of safe lifting techniques, organizations can greatly reduce the susceptibility of back and lifting injuries.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to properly lift light and heavy objects to avoid sustaining an injury:
A good way to ensure you are lifting objects in a proper way to is to practice doing it a few times under supervision. After a few tries, you will realize that the right away is also the easiest way to lift objects, as it puts minimum strain on your body. Instructions and awareness posters with visuals should be posted in key areas of the organization to ensure all workers understand the importance of proper lifting techniques.
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