Part 4: Keep the Load Close to the Body

The following are lifting principles to encourage safe lifting mechanics:

Part 4: Keep the Load Close to the Body

Keeping the load close to the body decreases the forces on the spine. A load lifted at arms-length away places 10 times the load on the spine as lifting an object close to the body. Excessive loading of the spine increases the risk of back injury.

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