Safety in Manual
(Six steps for Safe Manual Handling)
Improper ways of manual lifting may cause back pain, slip Disc or painful hernia as it subjects the muscles of
The following six steps give
Step-1: Position the feet
Place your feet body- which apart with one foot alongside
This position gives you good balance and wide enough bases to perform the lift. The rear foot is in a position for the
Step-2: Straight back and bend knees
Bend your knees and use the
Step-3: Load close the body
Keep the load close to the body. Tuck your arms and elbows into the side of the body. If you hold your arms away from the body they lose much of their strength and power. Keeping the arms tucked in helps keep body weight centered. Do not flex the elbows and raise the shoulders as this imposes
Step-4: Correct Grasp
Get a “good hold’ on the object. This means grasping with the roots of your finger, not just the tips, and ensuring contact between the object and the palm.
The fingers and the hand should be extended around the object you are going to lift. Use the full palm, finger alone have very little power.
Step-5: Tuck your Chin In
Tuck in the chin so your neck and head continue the straight back line and keep your spine straight and firm. Avoid bending your head down, up, forward, back, sideways or in
This chin-in action should be introduced immediately before lifting and maintained through the procedure.
Steps-6: Keep body weight directly over feet and lift with legs
Position body so that its weight is centered over the feed and lift by straightening the legs.
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