Did you know that more than 70% of lifting injuries in the NWT and Nunavut were caused by a sudden reaction while lifting a heavy object? Twisting your body while moving a heavy weight can lead to serious muscle and joint injuries and, in the worst case, could even be debilitating for the longer term.
Luckily, there are a few simple ways to minimize the risk of injuries while lifting. Remember to keep your back straight and your shoulders aligned with your hips. Keep the object you are carrying close to your body, pivot your feet when you want to turn and move by taking small steps. Before lifting, you should also take the time to have a look around to make sure your pathway is not obstructed so that your ability to move won’t be hindered.
Warming up and stretching is not just for elite athletes. Muscles contract as they lose heat, getting tighter and increasing the risk of injuries. Remember to warm up next time you are about to carry or move a heavy load, especially if you are working in the cold.
Want to learn more about safe lifting practices? Have a look at WSCC’s Safety Spotlight page
to learn how to keep your back and joints safe.