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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

SAFE LIFTING

Avoiding a Painful Back

the five leading back injury factors
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
THE SPINE’S BASIC FUNCTIONS
  • Providing Support
  • Protecting the Spinal Cord
  • Providing Flexibility to Allow Bending and Rotating
standing posture
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
stretch often shift positions
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
lift with common sense
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
the safe lifting zone
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
push don t pull
PUSH-- DON’T PULL

Can You Slide It Instead of Lifting It?

do you need equipment to help move it must you twist or stretch to get it
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!

preparing to lift or move
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?
when you lift
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
when you lift12
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
when you lift13
WHEN YOU LIFT

Do Not

  • Lift From the Floor
  • Twist and Lift
  • Lift With One Hand (Unbalanced)
  • Lift Loads Across Obstacles
when you lift14
WHEN YOU LIFT

Do Not

  • Lift While Reaching or Stretching
  • Lift From an Uncomfortable Posture
  • Don’t Fight to Recover a Dropped Object
exercise for low back pain
EXERCISE FOR LOW BACK PAIN
  • Keeps Body Flexible
  • Helps Prevent Injury
  • Do Not Overdo-- Follow Doctor’s Instruction Carefully
remember
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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