Lifting is part of everyday life and part of everyone's job to some degree. Back injuries are common at work and can be very debilitating. But they can be easily prevented by following some best practices in body mechanics, material handling, load planning, workspace organization and worker rotation.
Create awareness about safe lifting techniques. Use our safe lifting resources to fix wrong behaviors and train employees about proper body mechanics when bending and lifting.
Educate your supervisors
Advice is followed most when it comes from the top. Supervisors play a huge role in demonstrating, training and setting expectations for employees on proper lifting techniques. They are also key in watching for potential risks and working to reduce them. Use our supervisor tools to get your supervisors up to speed.
Help employees plan their lifts
Tell your employees to avoid lifting when possible. If they have to lift, explain the proper way to lift using our four-step approach:
- Keep your head up
- Keep the load close
- Use a staggered stance
- Don't twist
Download and print our "Plan your lift" handout and give copies to your employees.
Posters, envelope stuffers and more
Use our posters, table tents, envelope stuffers and email attachments to generate employee awareness. Switch them out regularly to keep them fresh. We offer materials for four different jobs / industries where back injuries are common:
Additional training tools
See below for a full listing of all of our safe lifting materials.