Save yourself back pain and injury by learning the correct way to pick up heavy objects.
To complete this How-To you will need:
People to help
A dolly or mechanical lift
Warning: If you have a history of back problems, consider asking someone else to lift a heavy object to prevent possible injury.
Step 1: Study the object
Study the object to be moved and check for handles and whether the object is liquid or solid -- liquid can shift weight while being lifted.
Step 2: Test weight of object
Stand close to the object and lift one corner, if possible. Determine whether you will be able to lift it without assistance.
Tip: Help for lifting might include one or two others or mechanical assistance, such as a dolly or lift.
Step 3: Position yourself
Stand close to the object. Bend your knees and grab the object where you have good handholds.
Tip: Keep a straight back and spread your feet shoulder width apart.
Step 4: Lift
Lift slowly with your legs and arms, keeping your back straight and your torso close to the object. Use your abdominal muscles.
Step 5: Finish
Carefully lower the object, following the same precautions. You're done -- and your back thanks you for sparing it pain and injury.
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