Tips to lift objects in total safety

Once you decide to move, you are facing some important decisions. You can decide to do the packing yourself and even ask a friend for a truck and do the lifting as well. While you might end up saving some money if you lift or pick up a heavy loads improperly and carelessly you might end up with injuries well worse than the possibility of saving some cash. You could injury a joint or a muscle or even sustain long-term injuries to your limbs or spine. We are here to share with you the same tips that we give to our employers at Trouble Free Removals.

Before you attempt any physical activity, even moving a few boxes, it is advised to some simple stretching and warm up of the muscles in order to decrease the risk of any injury.

Always focus on your position and your form, always stand directly right in front of the item you are going to lift.

The general guideline for maximums weights is not to try to lift anything heavier than 25kg and of 16kg for women. If the object is going to be carried/lifted to a height above the shoulders, men should only lift items which are lighter than 10kg and woman, 7kg.  However, this recommended weight is actually lower for objects that have to be held away from the body – 5kg for the men and 3kg for the women. In any case, it is always suggested to perform an assessment before any lifting since the limit is dependent upon several variables such as age, fitness, etc.

Tips to lift objects in total safety

  • Always keep your back as straight as possible.
  • Make sure you stand right in front of the object you want to lift.
  • Look on the boxes for handles that you can use when lifting it.
  • Decide where you’re taking the item prior to lifting it.
  • Make sure your feet are positioned firmly and evenly (about shoulder width apart).
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles and the muscles on your stomach.
  • Lower yourself towards the floor without moving your upper body and keeping your back straight. Just squat by bending your knees.
  • Hold the item securely with both hands.
  • Make sure that the weight is distributed evenly, to not compromise your balance.
  • Keep the item as close to your body as you can and start to stand up by straightening your legs. Make an extra effort to use your leg muscles and try not to put pressure on other body areas).
  • Stand up gradually. Don’t move rapidly or in jerks while doing so.
  • You can now walk with the item where you have planned, but don’t twist your body unnecessarily. As much as possible, just take small steps.
  • If the box is particularly big and it limits your view, request somebody to spot you. This will prevent you from tripping  and bumping into other.
  • When putting the object down, bend your knees the same way you went down to pick it.
  • Always keep your back straight and core muscles tight as you bend down.
  • Lower each side of the item on the surface or floor separately, in order to prevent your fingers from getting trapped under it.