Avoid lifting at all times but if essential to lift, always assess the load to be moved.
- Get everything ready first
Is the space cleared?
Do you need personal protective equipment?
Is the equipment to hand?
Are the brakes on?
- Make sure there is enough room to lift and that you can bend your knees.
- Position your feet apart at a comfortable distance so that you are steady.
- Put your feet in the direction of travel: If you are moving something towards you or away from you then position your feet in a walk stance.
If moving something sideways, put feet astride.
- Bend your knees and bring the weight as close to your body as possible
- Use a whole hand grip.
- Get the weight balanced.
- When taking the weight – brace your back, hold your tummy in and then look up as you lift.
- Lift by straightening your knees.
- When pushing, pulling or transferring things a very short distance, use your body weight by rocking across your feet rather than pulling with your arms. To put things down do everything in reverse!
Keeping the load close to you, your back straight, head up tummy in
Lower the load by bending your knees
- Divide large loads into smaller ones. Do two trips. Divide the lift into stages especially if you are lifting off the floor
put it onto a stool and then a table /shelf.
- If it’s too heavy DO NOT MOVE IT. You instinctively know when it’s too heavy and there’s no shame in saying so. Get someone to help and follow the guidelines for “Moving loads using two or more people”.