The Do’s and Dont’s of Lifting
Engineer manual lifting and lowering out of the task and workplace. If not possible, perform it between knuckle and shoulder height.
Be in good physical shape. If employee is not used to lifting and vigorous exercise, he or she should not attempt to lift or lower.
Think before acting. Place material conveniently within reach. Have handling aids available and make sure there is sufficient clear space.
Get a good grip on the load. Test the weight before trying to move it. If too bulky or heavy, get a mechanical lifting aid or someone else to assist, or both.
Get the load close to the body. Place feet close to the load. Stand in a stable position with feet pointing in the direction of movement, lift mostly by straightening the legs.
Twist the back or bend sideways.
Lift or lower awkwardly.
Hesistate to get mechanical help or help from another person.
Lift with the arms extended.
Continue lifting when the load is too heavy.