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  1. Test the load.
    • Check to make sure you can safely lift the load.
    • If it is too heavy ask for help or use a dolly
  2. Maintain the natural curve in your back.
    • Bend at the hips and knees.
    • By being conscious of this posture the forces are evenly distributed.
  3. Utilize a wide base of support.
    • Will allow for better balance
    • Will decrease the risk for slipping.
  4. Hold and carry objects as close to you as possible.
    • Will reduce stress on your back.
  5. Do not twist body when carrying.
    • Move or change directions with your feet instead of your trunk.
  6. Utilize those 6 Pack Abs!
    • Tighten stomach muscles when lifting.
    • Allows the abs to assist with lifting and helps reduce the strain that is put on the low back.
  7. Plan before you lift.
    • How are you going to lift the object safely?
    • What path will you take and is it clear before you lift and carry the object?
  8. Lift with your legs!
    • Use the larger muscle groups to do the work so it will reduce the amount of force put on the low back.
  9. Communicate with your lifting partners.
    • Communication and good timing will decrease the chances of unexpected movements.
  10. If you can’t lift, Push instead of Pulling a load.
    • This allows you to use the large muscle groups to move the load as well as the weight of your body.
  11. Decrease repetitive lifting is possible.
    • Place items you use frequently at a height easy to reach.