8 Tips for Safe Lifting

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Whether at work or at home, lifting heavy objects can be unavoidable. These quick tips and reminders for safe lifting techniques could save you from a potential injury and will help keep you healthy and safe!


bending tips
bending tips
  1. Keep a wide karate stance. Your feet should be shoulder length apart with one foot slightly in front of the other.
  2. Squat down when picking up an object bending only at the hips and knees
  3. Keep a neutral spine and maintain good postureKeep your back straight, your chest out, and your shoulders back; maintain a slight arch in the low back. No slouching!
  4. Lift slowly by straightening your hips and knees not your back!  Keep your back straight and do not twist while lifting.
  5. Keep the load as close to your body as possible, at the level of your belly button.
  6. Use your feet to change direction and take small steps.
  7. Lead with your hips as you change direction; keep your shoulders and hips in line.
  8. Set down your load carefully, squatting with the knees and hips only.


  • Do not attempt to lift by bending forward. Bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift.
  • Never lift a heavy object above shoulder level.
  • Avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.
  • Consider partnered lifting for heavier tasks.

Keeping these lifting tips in mind can help you to avoid injuries and enjoy the outdoors!

We can help!

Have you hurt yourself while lifting and want further information on how to avoid injury while lifting? Call us today or come visit your nearest CBI Health Centre, and one of our clinicians can assist you.