How To Properly Carry Heavy Loads

Professional man carrying a yellow hardhatHeavy Load Carrying Tips

Carrying heavy loads is a common requirement for many jobs. Even though millions of people carry heavy loads each day, it is still one of the most common causes of expensive workplace injuries. People between the ages of 30 and 50 tend to be the biggest sufferers of back pain. Keep these tips in carrying heavy loads in mind to ensure that your back stays strong.

  • When you are carrying a heavy object, always look at the path ahead of you to ensure that there are no obstacles in your way.
  • If at all possible, avoid taking the stairs when carrying a heavy load. If there is no way to avoid the stairs, use the handrail to help keep your balance.
  • Ask a coworker to open gates, doors, or any other closed entries that may get in your way while you are carrying the heavy load.
  • If you have to change directions, the change should come from moving your feet, not only moving your hips in a different direction.
  • Keep your shoulders, hips, and feet all pointed in the same direction so that you do not put any unnecessary strain on your back.
  • While you are carrying a heavy load, never twist at the waist. Twisting can cause serious injury to your back while your hands are full.
  • If the load that you are carrying becomes too heavy for you to continue carrying on your own, set it down and ask for help from a coworker.

Having the right worker’s compensation insurance policy can help to ensure that you and your employees are protected from any injuries while carrying heavy loads. Contact the insurance professionals at DG&M Agency in Rochester, New York for all of your business insurance needs and so that you can have the protection that you deserve.