LIFTING CHECK

DO YOU LIFT LOADS THAT ARE TOO HEAVY?

Do you lift heavy loads at work? If so, check here whether it is damaging to your health.

CHECK YOUR LIFTING right-start right-end

WEIGHT

STEP 1

HOW MUCH DOES WHAT YOU ARE LIFTING WEIGH?

State the weight of what you typically lift.

The more what you lift weighs, the more you strain your body. Especially if you do not lift using a sensible lifting technique. Therefore, you must lift as few kilos as possible and use a sensible lifting technique.

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DISTANCE FROM THE BODY

STEP 2

HOW FAR FROM YOUR BODY ARE YOU LIFTING?

The distance from the reach is the horizontal distance between the lower back and where you grab hold of what you are lifting. When you drag the box in, you must state the longest distance from the torso during the lift. This is most often at the start or end of the lift. 

The greater the distance from the body, the greater the strain on the lower back. The greater the distance from the torso, the harder the back muscles have to work to maintain stability. Therefore, you must lift as close to the body as possible.

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BENDING FORWARD

STEP 2

DO YOU BEND YOUR BACK WHILE LIFTING?

The back is bent forward when the body, and thus the spine, are bent forward. This is typically when you have to lift something that is far away from your body or too low to be able to reach it easily. 

The more bent forward your back is while you lift, the more you strain your back. When you lift with your back bent, it can put pressure on a nerve and this can cause pain.

YES NO

ASYMMETRY

STEP 4

DO YOU LIFT IN A CROOKED POSITION?

Asymmetry (a crooked position) is when the body and thus the spine lean more to one side than the other. This is typical when you are about to pick up or place an object next to your body or if you lift using one hand/arm. 

The more crooked your back is while lifting, the more you strain your back. When your back is crooked while lifting, it can put pressure on a nerve and this can cause pain.

YES NO

TWISTING

STEP 5

DO YOU TWIST YOUR BODY WHILE YOU LIFT?

You twist your body when you turn your body to one side, so your spine and, possibly, knee or hip joints twist. This happens, for example, when you lift something from one side of the body to the other. This also happens if you lift with your back instead of your legs; that is, when your feet and nose do not point in the same direction while you are lifting. 

The more twisted your back is while you are lifting, the more you strain your back. When your back is twisted while you are lifting, it can put pressure on a nerve and this can cause pain.

YES NO

RAISED ARMS

STEP 6

DO YOU RAISE YOUR ARMS TO OR ABOVE SHOULDER HEIGHT?

Raising your arms to or above shoulder height typically happens when you lift or place something at or above shoulder height. 

The higher you have to raise your arms, the more you strain your shoulders. If you lift with your elbows raised or above shoulder height, the shoulder joint is put in a position of external rotation and this can cause pain.

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FREQUENCY & DURATION

STEP 7

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON LIFTING WORK?

Frequency and duration refer to the number of lifts and how long you spend on lifting work. Lifting frequency refers to the number of lifts per minute or per hour. Lifting duration refers to how long your total lifting work is. This may, for example, be unloading products from pallets, putting products on shelves or packing boxes, vehicles, etc.

Even though the individual strain in itself is not dangerous, the risk of cumulative wear injuries increases when the number of repetitions increases.

RESULTS

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?


YOU CAN DO A NUMBER OF THINGS TO LIFT IN A BETTER WAY

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