The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of all workplace injuries are due to manual lifting!
Manual lifting is typically thought of as picking up and carrying ocjects, but in fact it is defined as any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain a person, animal or thing.
By this definition, manual lifting tasks are an unavoidable part of any job, regardless of industry. These tasks can range from routine office maintenance, bringing customers their food in a restuarant, and carrying luggage to unloading large supply shipments and extreme warehouse maintence.
The best way to prevent a possible employee injury due to manaul lifting is to teach proper lifting protocols and incoproate the following tips below!
4 Tips for Preventing Manual Lifting Injuries
- Encourage employees to seek help from co-workers.
- OSHA recommends using two employees if an object is over 50 pounds.
- Provide materials to assist employees with heavy loads.
- Supply gloves for constant by-hand heavy load lifting.
- For regular transportation of heavy loads provide mechanical assistance, this could range from hand truck to a forklift.
- Adapt employee conditions to extreme temperatures
- Adjust work schedules to minimize exposure to extreme heat and dangerously cold temperatures.
- Encourage employees to wear of heavy clothing in the extreme cold to prevent skin damage, and muscle constriction.
- Supply water coolers in excessive heat and encourage constant hydration by promoting extra water breaks.
- Lastly, have employees download the app, NLE Calc.
- NLE Calc, by NIOSH, uses a math equation to determine the risk of lifting tasks on workers. In essence, the app would warn employees to possible dangerous manual lifting tasks that may require assistance.
1 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REGULATIONS, Western Australian Current Regulations