Safe Lifting at Work

Manual materials handling involves moving objects by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, or restraining.

How employers can decrease lifting demands

Steps to lift safely

  1. Before lifting, check to see if mechanical aids such as hoists, lift trucks, dollies or wheelbarrows are available.
  2. Plan and prepare for the lift.
  3. Grasp with both hands. Keep the item stable.
  4. Slide and/or pull the load toward your stomach, tightening the muscles as you get ready to lift.
  5. Lift the load as close to your body as possible.
  6. Stay centered. Hold the load between shoulder and knee height and don’t overreach.
  7. Step or pivot while moving with a load. Don’t twist or side bend.
  8. Try not to bend. If you must, bend your knees to reach or place low-level objects.

Tips for workers