Heavy Lifting (in Retail)

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Improper lifting of heavy items in the warehouse can cause a lot of injuries and disorders. Take this course to learn more about the principles, the risks and the techniques for safe lifting.

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  1. Principles of Lifting
  2. Potential Hazards and Solutions
  3. Safety Lifting Techniques
  4. Refresher Quiz

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Principles of Lifting

Heavy Lifting (in Retail) Course - Lesson Excerpt

Principles of Lifting

Principles of Lifting

Many people say that our body is like a machine.

Principles of Lifting

That like machines, we are capable of doing amazing things but at the same time, we also have limitations.

Principles of Lifting

This is particularly true when lifting heavy objects in the warehouse.

Principles of Lifting

Before you lift, ask yourself: Is the load heavy or awkward? Can I lift it with an equipment or with the help of another person? Can I only carry small items at a time? Where shall I bring the object? Is the path free of obstructions? Is it wet, uneven or closed? Does the object have handholds? Would I be needing gloves or PPEs? Remember: you are more important than the items you carry, so if you feel uncomfortable lifting an object by yourself, stop and ask for help.

While carrying the object, avoid twisting your hip. Use your leg muscles to turn.

Principles of Lifting

You can always put the item down if you feel fatigued.

Principles of Lifting

Which of these are true?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Heavy Lifting (in Retail) Course - Lesson Excerpt

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Potential Hazards and Solutions

According to CDC, more than half a million cases of musculoskeletal disorders is caused by poor lifting of materials.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

This include short-term injuries such as cuts, bruises, sprains, tears and strains

Potential Hazards and Solutions

or long-term injuries like damage to the muscles, tendons, bones, joints, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

What causes these injuries to happen, and what can we do to prevent them?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

If the lift is heavier than the ideal weight you can carry, opt for mechanical means.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

If manual handling is still necessary, make sure you hold the object at what we call “power zones”

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Power zone is the ideal area for lifting. It spans from your mid-chest level down to your mid-thigh.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

When we bend when lifting an item, our back muscles are forced to support our upper body’s weight on top of the weight of the object we are lifting.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

And even if we are just picking up a small, light item, bending can also cause strain on the back.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

This also happens when we reach and carry the object on one shoulder, under an arm or even on one hand, causing uneven pressure on our spine.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Reduce the chances of reaching and bending by moving the load close to our body.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Place items to be lifted within the power zone.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Make sure your elbows remain close to your body.

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Potential Hazards and Solutions

Safety Lifting Techniques

Heavy Lifting (in Retail) Course - Lesson Excerpt

Heavy Lifting Techniques

Safety Lifting Techniques

In this lesson, you will learn four kinds of safe lifting techniques and some tips to stay safe and injury-free during lifting.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Power Lift This is the most common technique when lifting heavy objects from the ground.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Start by placing your feet shoulder width apart. One foot should be in front of another.

Safety Lifting Techniques

With back straight, chest and head up, push buttocks out and bend at hips.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Use your legs to lift.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Place the items as close as possible to your body.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Grasp it tightly with your hands.

Safety Lifting Techniques

In Power Lifting, we use our back and not our legs to lift.

Things to remember:

Safety Lifting Techniques

It helps to stretch before lifting! Stretching warms up your body, making your muscles flexible and less prone to tears and strains.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Always maintain good posture

Safety Lifting Techniques

When transporting a load, never twist your body. If the object is heavy, twisting might dislocated your spine. Instead, use your feet to face the direction of where the object should go.

Safety Lifting Techniques

It takes conscious effort to get better at lifting safely. With constant practice, safe lifting will become your second nature.

Safety Lifting Techniques

Refresher Quiz

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Refresher Quiz

Which of these are true?

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Refresher Quiz

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Refresher Quiz

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Refresher Quiz

Which two tools can make lifting easier?

Refresher Quiz

In Power Lifting, we use our back and not our legs to lift.

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