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Health and Safety: Teaching Tools

Lifting Large Heavy Bags

Kneel carefully Grasp object
1. Kneel down carefully and position
   object to be lifted close to knee on
   the ground.
2. Grasp object firmly with both
    hands and slide object up to
    your mid-thigh.
Shift object Adjust object
3. Shift object onto knee of other
4. With palms facing up, put both
    forearms under object and hug
    object to your stomach and
Lift object Carry object
5. With object close to body, stand
   up using your legs to lift object,
   keeping your back straight, your
   buttocks out, breathing as you
6. Carry object with your back upright
   and object as close to your body as