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    Safety Tips | Safe lifting

    Materials handling

    July 1, 2012

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    The National Safety Council suggests employers relay the following information to employees to help reduce workplace incidents when handling and moving materials:

    • Avoid lifting materials from the floor or while seated.
    • Make use of available handling aids.
    • Refrain from using sudden or jerky movements.
    • Never lift a load over an obstacle.
    • Perform lifts in areas with adequate footing, space and lighting.
    • Modify objects and redesign jobs to make moving easier.
    • Seek assistance from co-workers.
    • Stay in good physical shape.
    • Begin lifts close to the body.
    • Use containers made of lighter materials.
    • Reduce load sizes when possible.
    • Do not twist or bend while lifting objects.
    • Ensure repetitive, heavy and bulky lifts are not performed.
    • Keep lifts between shoulder and knuckle height.
    • Use conveyors, slides or chutes to eliminate pushing or pulling.

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