How to Avoid Injuries from Lifting Heavy Objects

Work injuries are common and one of the main reasons patients seek Centreville occupational therapy. Accidents can occur unexpectedly, but some injuries can be avoided. Injuries that arise from lifting heavy objects can be avoided by ensuring you lift objects safely and correctly. Although it seems impressive to lift the objects on your own, understand that you are risking injuries and common strains, and you can always seek help if you think an object is heavy. You can also use special lifting tools for those objects requiring heavy lifting. Since it is crucial to prevent injuries, here is how to lift objects safely.

Consider the Form

It is crucial before attempting to lift an object you determine if it is solid or has liquid. Out in mind that a liquid object is most likely to shift weight when you move and may cause uneven weight distribution in your body. Ensure you jostle the container slightly if you cannot see through to listen if it holds liquid. For solid objects, ensure you inspect for any loose or moving parts that could fall off once you lift the object and cause uneven weight distribution.

Test the Weight

Before you lift an object, test if you can handle the weight for the distance to move the object, ensure you first try to pick the object by the corner and get it off the ground to understand its weight. If you notice you cannot get the object from the ground by the corner, do not attempt lifting the entire object on your own. If you can lift the weight, ensure you prepare well and grab the object to balance the weight between hands.

Bending

You can easily injure your back if you bend the wrong way when lifting objects. Ensure your back remains straight as you attempt to lift your object and even while you lift it off the ground. The proper form for lifting objects is to keep your back straight and use the strength in your legs to lift the object.  If you find out you cannot stand while holding the object, it is a good idea you put it down and seek help.

Walking

If you carry an object, ensure you walk slowly to your destination to avoid a fall or an accident. Also, maintain your legs slightly bent to maintain balance as you take small steps. If you must make a turn, ensure you shuffle your legs until you face the intended way. Avoid twisting your body while you carry the object, and remember to take breaks when you have to travel for a long distance.

Use Lifting Equipment

It is crucial to avoid hand-lifting objects at work as much as possible. If you can access assisting devices at work, please use them no matter how small you think an object is. Remember that even light objects can cause problems when carried wrongly for a long distance. Depending on the object’s size, you can use a moving dolly, shoulder dolly, or forklift. Additionally, follow any heavy lifting policies put in place in your workplace.

If you experience any work-related injury, reach out to Town Center Orthopaedic Associates for help. But remember to practice preventative measures as prevention is far better than treatment.