If an object is too heavy for you to carry on your own, there’s nothing wrong with asking a co-worker for assistance. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Here are several team-lifting safety tips to follow:
- Communicate: It’s critical to be on the same page throughout the lift. This helps avoid a situation in which you’re doing one thing, but your co-worker is doing another.
- Lift with your legs: Even though you have help, you still should rely primarily on your legs to lift the object. Putting all the strain on your back, neck and arms increases the risk of an injury.
- Lift and lower slowly: You’re in a hurry to lift the object, move it and put it back down. Even so, you must do so slowly and under control. Getting ahead of yourself increases the risk of an accident and injury.
- Wear the appropriate safety gear: From steel-toed boots to gloves, there are many types of gear that can improve your lifting ability and prevent injury if something goes wrong.
With these team-lifting safety tips guiding you, it’s easier to prevent an accident and the injuries often associated with it.
If you suffer an injury at work, such as while lifting, stop what you’re doing and report the incident to your employer. From there, seek medical attention at a local hospital.
Once you understand your injury and prognosis, consider the impact on your life. If you’re unable to return to work right away, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This money is essential to your financial well-being during your recovery.