Safety Brief - Lifting Safety

Lift Smart - Think, Then Start!

Lifting heavy items is one of the biggest causes of injury in the workplace.

Improper heavy lifting can lead to:

  • Back injuries
  • Hernias
  • Strains and Sprains

Lifting is a breeze when you bend at the knees!

  • Always bend at the knees when lifting an object.
  • If an object is too heavy, get help. The maximum lifting weight for any individual should not exceed 50 pounds.
  • Use equipment, like a hand truck, to do the heavy lifting.
  • Turn with your legs, not your back.

Stay in your “Power Zone.”

  • The power zone for lifting is close to the body, between mid-thigh and mid-chest height. This zone is where your arms and back can lift the most with the least amount of stress.

View a pdf of lifting safety tips.