Part 1- Plan Ahead

The following are lifting principles to encourage safe lifting mechanics:

Part 1: Plan ahead

Ensure sure the path of movement is clear to prevent tripping. If possible, reduce the weight of the load by: reducing packaging size, unpacking heavy boxes, reducing the number of objects moved at once or assigning additional workers to help lift heavy loads. Move the object the shortest distance possible, and sort heavier objects at hip/waist height (rather than on lower higher shelves) to decrease the stress on the body. Encourage the use of mechanical aids (cranes, dollies, forklift) when possible.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about safe lifting mechanics. Please visit the table of contents at for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.