Repeated motion and lifting is the number one way in which people injure their back.
These basic rules can help keep you free from injury.

  1. If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.
  2. Spread your feet apart to give you a wide base of support.
  3. Bend at the knees and do not arch the back.
  4. Hold objects close to the body to reduce the load on the back.
  5. Lift using leg muscles, not back muscles.
  6. Stand up without bending from the waist.
  7. Never twist at the waist while lifting something heavy. Turn your whole body to change direction or set something down.
  8. If an object can be moved without lifting, pull it, don’t push.