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Using good judgment is the key to safely lifting objects. If the object is too heavy to lift, seek assistance or use mechanical equipment to move the object.
When lifting heavy objects, follow these guidelines to ensure your safety:
- Face and stand as close as possible to the object with feet wide apart and with good footing.
- Bend at the knees, keeping the back as straight as possible.
- Get a firm, balanced grip on the object and pull it in towards you, keeping the center of gravity of the object close to you.
- Keeping your back as straight as possible, make the lift smoothly and under control as you begin straightening your legs.
- When moving the object, keep the load evenly balanced and proceed with caution through doors and around corners.
- Avoid twisting your body while lifting, moving, or setting down an object.
- When setting the load down, squat down, bending at the hips and knees, keeping your back as straight as possible.
Removing objects from overhead storage also requires special attention. Before bringing an object down from above, test its weight by pushing up on it. If the only way you can reach an object is by standing on the tips of your toes and reaching way over your head, do not move the object. If the object is too high, use a ladder or other appropriate means to safely reach it.