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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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