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Manual Lifting

Manual lifting is a common task in many workplaces, but it can also be a significant source of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) if not performed safely. MSDs are injuries or disorders that affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, or spinal discs. It's important for employers to ensure that their workers are properly trained in manual lifting techniques to prevent MSDs.

Here are some best practices for manual lifting:

  1. Assess the load: Assess the load to determine if it can be lifted safely. Consider factors such as weight, size, shape, and center of gravity.
  2. Use proper lifting techniques: Use proper lifting techniques, such as bending at the knees, keeping the back straight, and holding the load close to the body.
  3. Avoid awkward postures: Avoid awkward postures, such as twisting or reaching while lifting, as they can increase the risk of MSDs.
  4. Use mechanical aids: Use mechanical aids, such as dollies, carts, or hoists, to assist with lifting heavy or bulky loads.
  5. Train workers on manual lifting techniques: Train workers on the proper techniques for manual lifting, including how to assess loads, how to use proper lifting techniques, and how to avoid awkward postures.

By implementing these best practices, employers can promote safe manual lifting and prevent MSDs in the workplace. It's important for employers to prioritize safety by providing the necessary resources and support to ensure that workers are properly trained in manual lifting techniques and that mechanical aids are available when needed.


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