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SAFE LIFTING. Avoiding a Painful Back. The Five Leading Back Injury Factors. Poor Posture Poor Physical Condition Improper Body Mechanics Incorrect Lifting Jobs That Require High Energy. THE SPINE’S BASIC FUNCTIONS. Providing Support Protecting the Spinal Cord

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SAFE LIFTING

Avoiding a Painful Back


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The Five Leading Back Injury Factors

  • Poor Posture

  • Poor Physical Condition

  • Improper Body Mechanics

  • Incorrect Lifting

  • Jobs That Require High Energy


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THE SPINE’S BASIC FUNCTIONS

  • Providing Support

  • Protecting the Spinal Cord

  • Providing Flexibility to Allow Bending and Rotating


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STANDING POSTURE

  • Keep Your Spinal Column Aligned in Its Natural Curves

  • Prop One Foot up on a Stool to Reduce Stress in Your Lower Back


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STRETCH OFTEN & SHIFT POSITIONS

  • Change (Shift) Your Posture Often

  • Stretch Frequently Throughout the Day

  • Keep Your Body Flexible (Not Rigid or Fixed)

  • Don’t Force Your Body to Conform to Its Workspace


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LIFT WITH COMMON SENSE!

  • Assess the Situation

  • Is the Load Big, Bulky, Heavy?

  • Do You Need Help?

  • Remember- No Single Technique Will Work in All Circumstances


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THE SAFE LIFTING ZONE

  • The Safe Lifting Zone Is Between the Knees and Shoulders

  • Below Knee Level? Bend With Your Knees and Lift With Your Legs

  • Above Your Shoulders? Use a Stool or Ladder


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PUSH-- DON’T PULL

Can You Slide It Instead of Lifting It?


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Do you need equipment to help move it? Must you twist or stretch to get it?

  • Use Proper Equipment

    - Hand Trucks

    - Forklifts

    - Dollies

  • Readjust the Load or Your Position Before You Lift

    -- Get Help!


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PREPARING TO LIFT OR MOVE

  • Have You Stretched Your Muscles or Warmed up Before Lifting?

  • Are You Wearing Slip Resistant Shoes?

  • Have You Cleared a Pathway Before You Move the Item?


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WHEN YOU LIFT

Do

  • Plant Your Feet Firmly- Get a Stable Base

  • Bend at Your Knees- Not Your Waist

  • Tighten Your Abdominal Muscles to Support Your Spine

  • Get a Good Grip- Use Both Hands


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WHEN YOU LIFT

Do

  • Keep the Load Close to Your Body

  • Use Your Leg Muscles As You Lift

  • Keep Your Back Upright, Keep It in Its Natural Posture

  • Lift Steadily and Smoothly Without Jerking


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WHEN YOU LIFT

Do Not

  • Lift From the Floor

  • Twist and Lift

  • Lift With One Hand (Unbalanced)

  • Lift Loads Across Obstacles


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WHEN YOU LIFT

Do Not

  • Lift While Reaching or Stretching

  • Lift From an Uncomfortable Posture

  • Don’t Fight to Recover a Dropped Object


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EXERCISE FOR LOW BACK PAIN

  • Keeps Body Flexible

  • Helps Prevent Injury

  • Do Not Overdo-- Follow Doctor’s Instruction Carefully


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REMEMBER!

  • Your Work Day Is One Third of Your Total Day

  • Plan Your Tasks Carefully to Avoid a Painful Back

  • Managing Your Back Is Your Responsibility


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