Keep Your Back Safe: 5 Essential Tips for Lifting Heavy Items Safely
Back pain is the second most common cause of missing work, only after the common cold, and contributes to about 93 million lost workdays and $5 billion in health care costs every year in the US.

At Big Safety, we're committed to not only providing you with top-quality safety equipment but also ensuring that you have the knowledge and tools to keep yourself and your team safe on the job. One of the most common workplace injuries involves back strains and injuries, often resulting from improper lifting techniques.


Whether you're working in manufacturing, construction, at home or any other industry where heavy lifting is part of the job, it's crucial to prioritize your back health. That's why we've put together five essential tips for protecting your back while lifting heavy items:


  1. Maintain Proper Posture: Before lifting, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend at the hips and knees, not at the waist. Keep your back straight and your core engaged to provide stability and support for your spine.

  2. Use Your Legs: When lifting, focus on using the muscles in your legs rather than relying solely on your back. Squat down to the level of the object, grip it securely, and lift using the strength of your leg muscles, keeping the object close to your body.

  3. Avoid Twisting: Never twist your body while lifting or carrying heavy items, as this can strain the muscles and ligaments in your back. Instead, pivot your entire body with your feet to change direction, keeping the load centered and balanced.

  4. Take Breaks: If you're engaged in repetitive lifting tasks, take regular breaks to give your back muscles a chance to rest and recover. Alternate between different tasks or vary your movements to reduce the risk of overexertion and fatigue.

  5. Use Proper Equipment: Whenever possible, use mechanical aids such as forklifts, pallet jacks, lifting trolleys or back support belts to assist with heavy lifting tasks. These tools can help distribute the weight more evenly and reduce the repetitive strain on your back.


Remember, your safety is our top priority. By following these five tips, you can minimize the risk of back injuries and keep yourself and your mates safe on the job.


If you have any questions about workplace safety or need assistance finding the right safety equipment for your needs, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. We're here to Make Safety Easy for you.


Stay safe and healthy,


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