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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Back Safety: LiftingSeguridad para la espalda: c³mo alzar un objeto

Back Safety: Lifting

Lifting can strain or even injure your back. Follow these tips to keep your back safe while you bend, lift, and carry. 

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Step 1:

  • Face the object.

  • With your back straight, get down on one knee.

  • If you can, tilt the object so one side lifts off the ground.

  • Keep the object close to you.

Step 2:

  • Tighten your stomach muscles.

  • Use your legs, arms, and buttocks to lift, not your back.

  • Avoid twisting.

  • Lift the object to your knee.

  • Grasp the object firmly.

Step 3:

  • Lift with your arms and legs, not your back.

  • Move quickly to help make this easier.

To Carry an Object:

  • Hold it close to your body.

  • Bend your knees slightly as you walk. The heavier the object, the more you should bend your knees.

  • Get help with heavy or unbalanced objects.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00