Proper lifting techniques are essential to keeping your back healthy and functioning well in a work environment where lifting is a primary component of the job. If you fail to exercise proper lifting techniques, your chances of sustaining a back injury are much higher. Here’s what you need to know about how to lift safely and who you can contact in the event that you are injured at your job.
1. Don’t Bend Forward When You Lift
It’s a natural instinct to bend forward to lift something heavy. But when you do, significant strain on your lower back and can lead to sudden injuries or repetitive motion injuries. Instead, squat at the knee, pick up the object, and lift it straight up using your leg muscles.
2. Don’t Turn or Twist While Lifting
Once you’ve lifted an object, don’t want to turn your body or twist your back in any way. The added weight while twisting could cause pulled muscles, or severe injuries, depending on how heavy the load is. If you need to turn, pivot your feet instead.
3. Hold the Object at Chest Level
When lifting, you want to keep the object in your arms at chest level. Avoid lifting heavy objects above your shoulders and use the proper equipment to lift and place heavy objects on a high shelf.
4. Get Help When Lifting
For large, heavy items, you’ll likely want to do a “buddy lift,” where you and another person each lift one side of the object and carry it. However, this technique requires caution, since one person will generally be walking backwards. Make certain the path is clear of any debris before you lift and carry the object in a “buddy lift.”
Injured? Contact the Wanko Law Firm, LLC
If you or a loved one sustained a back injury at work due to lifting or repetitive motion, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. At the Wanko Law Firm, LLC, we have the experience and resources to help guide you through the process of filing a claim and filing an appeal when necessary. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your right to benefits and how we can help you get the compensation you need after a work related injury. Call now at (985) 893-6530.