SAFE LIFTING TECHNIQUES • Quick lifting tips: • Before lifting, make sure your path is dry and clear of objects that could cause a fall. • Bend your knees and keep your back straight. (Lift with your legs, not your back.) • Bring the load close to your body. Lift in a slow, even motion. • Don't twist your body. If you must turn, move your feet. • Keep your back straight when putting down the load. • The weight of the objects you lift is an important factor in determining your risk of injury, and you will want to be extra careful when lifting heavy items such as storage boxes, valve fittings, etc. However, weight is not the only thing that determines your risk of injury. The chart above shows the effect that posture can have when combined with lifting different size loads.