Minimizing Injury Through Safe Lifting Techniques

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In many lines of work, you might be required to lift heavy objects or move items around. While this might just seem like it is a basic requirement for the job you have agreed to take, it can lead to some serious injuries and life-long repercussions. One of the main types of injuries that occur in the lines of work where heavy lifting is required is back injuries. An injury to your back can be life-changing. A back injury can keep you from being able to perform the essential functions of your job, cause you to lose wages, and lead to costly medical bills that an insurance plan may or may not cover. One way to prevent these types of injuries and repercussions is by making sure to always use proper lifting techniques when moving or lifting boxes.


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When you are lifting items, your adrenaline might kick in and you might find yourself lifting or moving weight that is too heavy for you. Even at work, it is important to know your limits and the amount of weight you can safely move. Do not overdo it. It is better to take an extra trip moving items then to over-burden your back by lifting more at one time.


Know the Proper Techniques


There are many guidelines available about the proper technique to use for heavy lifting:


  • Keep your feet spread apart so that you have a steady base with which to work
  • Stand close to the object you are lifting or moving
  • Bend at the knee
  • Avoid bending at the waist or back
  • Tighten your stomach muscles
  • Keep the object close to your body
  • Avoid twisting while the object is in your hands
  • Squat while putting the heavy object down – do not bend over


Utilize Lifting Devices


There are a variety of lifting devices that can help aid in the movement of objects. These can range from forklifts to dollies. If your workplace has a forklift, try to use it as much as possible and safely. A dolly can be used to transport items on wheels and take the pressure off of your body.


Ask for Help


There is no shame in asking for help. If you know that an object is too heavy for you to carry by yourself, or there is no lifting device available, ask a coworker to help you. With the help of a co-worker you reduce the amount of weight you must carry and distribute it between two people.


Even the most careful of workers can be injured. If you have back pain or an injury due to lifting heavy items at work, contact the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries, and our attorneys are dedicated to getting you the maximum award available under the circumstances. There is no need to sit and wonder how you will financially survive the injury and its consequences. Contact us today for a consultation. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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