Don’t add more stress to your move with a back injury! Injuries like these can often be avoided if you take the proper precautions.
The professional movers here at Platinum use smart lifting methods to decrease their risk of injury. If you are moving yourself, you should do the same.
Before You Lift
That’s right, lifting safety starts before you even lift! Before you start the three steps listed below for safe lifting, you should:
- Check your surroundings. Make sure there is nothing on the floor or ground that you could slip on or trip over. If you’re outside, check for icy surfaces and other potential dangers. You want to have a clear path and as smooth and even a surface as possible.
- Test the weight. Before you lift a box or other object, test its weight. If it’s too heavy, do not lift it yourself; get someone to assist you. Check to see if the weight is balanced; if it’s heavier on one side and lighter on the other, you may need to strategize how you’re going to lift it.
- Make sure you can hold on. Check the surface of the box or object—is it sleek or slippery? Will you be able to maintain a tight grip the entire length of time you’ll be moving it? If not, get help or use strong strapping to give you something durable to hold on to.
- See if you can reach it. If you have to twist yourself into an odd position to reach something heavy, you shouldn’t lift it! This is one of the most common ways to get injured while lifting. If you do have to reach for an item, make sure you can do so safely.
Lift Safely with These Tips
Time to lift: there are three critical things you can do when lifting to reduce your risk of injury.
- Bend your knees and put your chest forward. “Lift with your knees” has become a cliché. However, that’s not all you need to do when lifting a heavy object. Yes, you should bend your knees, but it’s just as important to bend your hips while pushing your chest out. Leading with your chest helps you keep a straight back.
- Lead with your hips. This is a move you will likely have to remind yourself to do until it becomes natural. When you lead with your hips, your shoulders follow, which helps prevent you from twisting. Twisting while lifting can be dangerous and lead to serious injury. Make sure you keep your shoulders in line with your hips at all times.
- Keep the weight close to you. Holding the weight close to your body makes lifting it much easier—and safer.
Moving Safely, Securely, and Easily
Why risk it? Let Platinum Moving Services take care of all the heavy lifting. We offer complete moving services in the DC area—including packing, lifting, transporting, and more.
Please note: the information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Check with your doctor before you do any task or job that requires heavy lifting.