Lifting objects may not be part of your regular tasks at the office, but when you do carry objects, it is important to exercise the proper technique. In fact, people that lift heavy items less often are more likely to hurt themselves because of lack of experience. Follow these guidelines to ensure safe lifting.
Proper Lifting Techniques
Size up the Load
Before lifting an object, check its weight. Decide if you can handle it alone or if you need assistance. When in doubt, ask for help. Moving an object that is too heavy or bulky can cause severe injury. If a particular load is heavier than you can handle:
At Your Desk
Even though you’re sitting, spending a lot of time at your desk can cause back pain.
People who are in poor physical condition are at greater risk for back problems. A conditioning programme that includes aerobics, weight training and stretching exercises will help you prepare your body for the rigours of lifting. If lifting is a regular part of your job, you may also want to consider wearing a back belt for added support.