Don’t break your back! Lifting, Pushing and Pulling SafelyWhether you’re moving house, or just moving your belongings into self storage, the trickiest part can often be getting everything packed into boxes, ready to go. This will inevitably involve some seriously heavy lifting, which will take its toll on you if not conducted safely.“Note images, an 8ft super-fridge and a spiral staircase; no problem…”There’s some very useful NHS guiDance on looking after yourself while lifting, pushing and pulling. If anyone knows how Dangerous a poor lift can be, it’s our doctors and nurses.Our favourite tips for lifting are:
- Keep the load close to your waist, to take the strain off your back
- Keep your back as rigid as possible, with minimum flex
- Bend your knees, rather than your back
- Change direction by turning your feet first, not your spine
- Keep your eyes ahead, not down. Clearing a path first will make sure this is safe
- Position your hands between elbow and hip level
- Avoid twisting your body by squaring up to the box
- Keep your feet slightly apart to ensure secure footing
- Remember that if you’re shoving it with your entire body weight and it’s not moving, you’ll need more man power.
- Face the object you want to pull straight on. Don’t twist, and avoid the temptation to do so by keeping a free hand (If you have one) on your hip.
- Keep your feet slightly apart and bend your knees slightly.
- Lean back, with movement at the knees and hips, and keep arms straight.
- Take a step back, pulling the item with your body weight as you move.
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