DO NOT BEND AT THE
WAIST WHEN LIFTING.
When lifting a heavy object, keep the back straight.
Keep the feet apart to help you balance. Bend with knees, not
the waist. Bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the ground.
Your knees should not extend beyond your toes.
You can lean forward slightly as long as you keep the back straight,
not curved. (Bend at the hips, not the waist) Hold the object
close to the body.
If you can't lift slowly the object is
too heavy for you and
you should not be lifting it. Though lifting with the legs prevents
injury to the back, you may strain your knees joints when lifting
an object too heavy for you. Ask for help. If you need to turn
move your feet, do not twist your back.
When carrying heavy objects, use both hands to distribute the
weight evenly, and keep the object close to your body. If the
object is too heavy for you ask for assistance, use a dolly.
Some objects are easily lifted and carried for a short distance,
but not easily carried for a long distance. Carrying
a heavy backpack over one shoulder often causes back pain. Carrying
a slightly heavy purse can also lead to back pain and neck pain
If you have to choose between pushing and pulling an object (lawn
mover for example), choose pushing. Pushing an object allows you
to use your leg muscles to move the object. If you have knee problems,
keep in mind that pushing a heavy object may strain the knees.
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