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Lifting Without Overexertion

by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

Overexertion, often caused by lifting, pushing and pulling, is the leading cause of disabling injuries since 2012. According to Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index, overexertion ranked number 1 on the top 10 leading causes of workplace injuries, accounting for just over 25% of all injuries. An overexertion injury is a strain or sprain to your back or a major joint. The most common result of overexertion is back injuries, especially in the trucking industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

  • Every year more than 1 million workers experience back injuries.
  • One of the most common reasons people miss work is because of low back pain.
  • In America, more than $100 billion is spent annually on medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work due to back injuries and illnesses.
  • 75% of back injuries occur while performing a lifting task.

It is extremely important to take your time, assess the situation, and use proper lifting equipment when necessary. Back injuries can be debilitating and affect both your work and home life. Don’t become one of these statistics, lift smart. Below are some do’s and don’ts when lifting.

Do's

  • Know the object’s weight before lifting
  • Use ergonomic lift assists
  • Determine and clear your path
  • Ask for help with a heavy load
  • Use your legs
  • Push the load, don’t pull
  • Keep the object as close to you as possible

Don'ts

  • Don’t hold your breath
  • Don’t bend or twist at the waist
  • Don’t lift or jerk the load quickly
  • Don’t try to “muscle” the load
  • Don’t use a partial grip


Watch this video for more information on proper lifting techniques.

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