Back Safety: Lifting
Lifting can strain or even injure your back. Follow these tips to keep your back safe while you bend, lift, and carry.
Face the object.
With your back straight, get down on one knee.
If you can, tilt the object so one side lifts off the ground.
Keep the object close to you.
Tighten your stomach muscles.
Use your legs, arms, and buttocks to lift, not your back.
Lift the object to your knee.
Grasp the object firmly.
To carry an object:
Hold it close to your body.
Bend your knees slightly as you walk. The heavier the object, the more you should bend your knees.
Get help with heavy or unbalanced objects.