Do not lift if you are not sure that you can handle the load safely.
What are some general tips for lifting?
Prepare for the lift by warming up the muscles.
Stand close to the load and face the way you intend to move.
Use a wide stance to gain balance.
Be sure you have a good grip on the load.
Keep arms straight.
Tighten abdominal muscles.
Tuck chin into the chest.
Initiate the lift with body weight.
Lift the load as close to and as centred to the body as possible.
Lift smoothly without jerking.
Avoid twisting and side bending while lifting.
Avoid carrying loads with only one hand.
Document last updated on December 3, 2013
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