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BACK HEALTH AND SAFE LIFTING TECHNIQUES

BACK HEALTH AND SAFE LIFTING TECHNIQUES

Know your ABC’s

A

ALIGNMENT

Correct posture allows our body to act as efficiently as possible.

B

BASE OF SUPPORT

A good base of support allows you to be more stable.

Place feet shoulder width apart with feet in the direction of the lift.

C

CENTRE OF GRAVITY

Try to match your centre of gravity with the centre of gravity of what you are carrying.

Reduce the risk of back injury when caring for children with these tips:

  • Consult with your child’s therapist about specific instructions related to your child.
  • Store heavy items at waist level in an easily accessible area.
  • Squat or knee to interact with children instead of bending at the waist.
  • Use appropriate postures when seated on the floor. If sitting for long periods, use a wall or piece of furniture to support your back.
  • Avoid holding toddlers on one hip.
  • Allow child to participate in the lift when possible.
  • When lifting from the floor, break activity into steps.

DO:

  • Plan it out.
  • Keep your back in a neutral position during lifting activities.
  • Hold load in the centre of your body.
  • Use your leg, upper arm and abdominal muscles to lift.
  • Take your time and lift smoothly.
  • Use lifting equipment if you have it available.
  • When possible, slide instead of lifting.

Don’t:

  • Twist your back or neck.
  • Bend at the waist with legs straight to reach children or objects on the ground.
  • Reach and lift (keeping the load away from your body).
  • Lift more than 30 lbs by yourself.
  • Lift too high.