Sprains and strains are the most common injuries that cause lost worktime, with back injuries being the most frequent type. Proper lifting and carrying procedures are vital for any employee who regularly lifts materials manually.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not established weight limits in this area, but the agency does acknowledge that lifting and carrying are common workplace hazards that employers must evaluate for employees who routinely perform these tasks.
Use this Toolbox Talk to discuss your facility’s safe lifting procedures and to remind employees to practice good habits every time they need to manually lift an item.
Make It Personal: Identify the heaviest item that an employee must lift manually and use it to demonstrate proper lifting techniques. If appropriate, demonstrate team lifting procedures.
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