Safety tip of the week
Being physically fit and following safe lifting tips can help you avoid back injuries while on the job.
There are several rules to follow or questions to ask when asked to lift an object:
*Is there a tool that can ease a lift?
*Can the load be broken down into lighter lifts, or is it time to call for help?
*Stand close to the object to be lifted with your feet spread at shoulder width.
*Bend at the knees and keep your back straight before the lift. Do not bend at the waist.
*Tighten your abdominal muscles and use your arms and legs, not your back, to life and move an object.
*If you must turn with the weight, use your feet, not your back or hips to pivot your torso. Twisting at the waist can make a muscle strain or more serious back injury more likely.
*Apply the same physical techniques when setting an object down.
WRA Retro members can get additional information in the RASI Safety Library.
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 email@example.com.