Construction and renovation projects often involve bending, lifting and carrying supplies. It is particularly important that your nonprofit helps its staff and volunteers to prevent injury to the lower back.
The rules for safe bending, lifting and carrying are important, even for lifting light objects:
- Place you feet apart for good balanceBend your kneesHold the objects as close to your body as possibleLift smoothly and slowlyPivot with your feet; don’t twist the backPush, rather than pull a loadShare the load, work with a partner
- Get mechanical assistance for heavy loads.
Work Safe: An Owner's Manual for Backs, Worker's Compensation Board of Brisitsh Columbia
Guidelines for Safe Lifting and Lifting From a Seated Position