- : If you have a history of back problems, consider asking someone else to lift a heavy object to prevent possible injury.
- Step 1: Study the object Study the object to be moved and check for handles and whether the object is liquid or solid – liquid can shift weight while being lifted.
- Step 2: Test weight of object Stand close to the object and lift one corner, if possible. Determine whether you will be able to lift it without assistance.
- TIP: Help for lifting might include one or two others or mechanical assistance, such as a dolly or lift.
- Step 3: Position yourself Stand close to the object. Bend your knees and grab the object where you have good handholds.
- TIP: Keep a straight back and spread your feet shoulder width apart.
- Step 4: Lift Lift slowly with your legs and arms, keeping your back straight and your torso close to the object. Use your abdominal muscles.
- Step 5: Finish Carefully lower the object, following the same precautions. You're done – and your back thanks you for sparing it pain and injury.
- FACT: Each year, back problems cost Americans $15 billion.
You Will Need
- Common sense
- Good posture
- People to help
- A dolly or mechanical lift