Lifting and carrying heavy objects is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. It affects workers in almost every industry, not only the “blue collar” ones. Lifting injuries can affect all areas of your body especially your back, neck, shoulders, and hands.
There are 2 types of injuries when it comes to lifting/carrying, sudden trauma and repetitive. A sudden trauma injury is one that comes about quickly and unexpectedly. It can occur even if it is only the first time you ever lifted a heavy object. Repetitive injuries are caused by overuse/stress on the muscles and tissues in the body over the course of time. This is more likely to occur if your job requires you to lift a lot during your workday. Many of these injuries are difficult or even impossible to avoid but there are many steps you can take to help avoid self-inflicting these work injuries.
Tips for Safe Lifting and Carrying