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The keys to lifting ergonomics

Last Modified: January 26, 2024

Safety & Prevention


This post was written by Brett Einbecker, wellness coach, Parkview Employer Solutions.

Lifting ergonomics are essential for helping prevent workplace injuries. Back injuries account for one in five workplace injuries, and 75% of workplace-related back injuries occur due to improper lifting techniques. In the United States, approximately two million back injuries occur annually. When employees follow proper lifting techniques, employees can reduce the risk of injury and improve their overall health and well-being.

Tips for reducing injury risk

Here are some key guidelines for safe lifting:

  • In preparation for lifting, assess the object and your surroundings, considering the need for assistance and potential hazards. Additionally, ensure your muscles are adequately warmed up for lifting.
  • During the lifting process, stand close to the object and maintain a squatting position, avoiding bending and reaching. Keep your back straight, bend your knees, and lift with your legs while holding the object close to your body.
  • When carrying the object, keep it steady and close to your body, and pivot using your feet instead of twisting your back.
  • Additional safety measures include taking breaks, diversifying tasks, and incorporating stretching to prevent repetitive lifting. Use lift assist equipment and seek help when dealing with heavy loads.

Prioritizing safe lifting practices not only reduces the risk of immediate injuries but also protects long-term well-being and workplace productivity.

Watch our video on how to lift things properly.

Employee resources to support a healthy workforce

Parkview Employer Solutions partners with area businesses, delivering innovative services to improve the health and well-being of employees including include Proactive Injury Care, Occupational Health, Employee Assistance Programs, Workplace Wellness, Employer Clinics, Diabetes Care Direct and more. Contact for additional information.


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