Back Safety and Lifting - PestSure

Back Safety and Lifting - PestSure

BACK SAFETY AND LIFTING The information in this document was obtained from sources which, to the best of the writers knowledge, are authentic and reliable. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. makes no guarantee of results and assumes no liability in connection with either the information or recommendations obtained in this document. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable procedure is included in this document or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures. Why Back Safety is Important Nations #1 workplace safety problem Back injuries are often: Very painful A long term or lifetime disability

Expensive to diagnose and treat Risk Factors Common causes of back injuries Heavy lifting Twisting Reaching & Lifting Carrying and Lifting Awkward postures Slips, Trips and Falls Maintain a Healthy Back

Exercise Maintain a healthy weight Dont smoke Maintain proper posture 4 Steps to Lifting Safe Assess

Lift Your capabilities Load Environment Plan Lift Route 4 Steps to Lifting Safe Prepare Can load be split? Is load stable? Is load evenly distributed? Cover sharp or abrasive edges

Perform Get a good grip Use smooth controlled movements Avoid twisting and stooping Use team lifting where appropriate How to Lift Safely 1. Take a moment to think about what you're about to do. 2. Examine the object for sharp corners, slippery spots or other potential hazards.

3. Know your limit and don't try to exceed it. How to Lift Safely contd 4. Ask for help if needed, or if possible, divide the load to make it lighter. 5. Know where you are going to set the item down 6. Make sure the location and your

path are free of obstructions. 7. Then follow these steps: 1. Get close to the load 5. Lift Slowly Proper Lifting Techniques 4. Hug the Load 2. Squat Down

3. Grip the Load Reaching & Lifting Pull the item to the edge of the truck bed. Handle hose in 10 sections. Pick-up loops of hose as you treat and carry loops of hose back to the vehicle.

Dont swing a backpack sprayer onto your back. Get assistance Position at edge of vehicle, squat down, lift with your legs Lifting Awkward Loads Test the weight. Plan your path of travel. Get assistance.

Get close to the load. Get a good grip. Hug the load. Lift straight up and with your legs. Summary

Plan ahead. Do not try to lift objects beyond your capability. Position yourself close to the load. Squat, grasp firmly and lift with your legs. Keep the object close to the body Carry the load between the shoulder and

Remember waist It takes no more time to do a safe lift than to do an unsafe lift, so play it safe and lift it right! 1. Common causes of back injuries include: A) Twisting B) Reaching and lifting C) Slips, Trips and Falls D) All the above 2. Tips to maintaining a healthy back include: E) Exercise and proper posture F) Smoking and healthy weight G) Healthy weight H) Both A & C

3. T or F carrying or It is best to avoid twisting at the waist when lifting a load. 4. T or F Lifting safely includes making sure the location and your path of travel are free of obstructions? 5. T or F To avoid the potential strain injuries, avoid reaching and lifting simultaneously?

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