Preventing Manual Injuries with Proper Lifting

According to Better Health Australia, one-third of Australian worker injuries are caused by improper manual work. Manual injuries can occur when a load is accidentally lifted or lifted in a hazardous environment.

Maximum weight limit for lifting

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations do not prescribe a maximum weight limit for men or women, as physical abilities vary from person to person. Attention should be paid to the manufacturer’s recommendations and precautions in the user manual, brochure or on the product itself. The National Manual Code of Conduct states that no heavy object exceeding 55 kg shall be lifted without mechanical assistance or team lifting, and workers under the age of 18 shall not lift anything exceeding 16 kg without mechanical or other assistance. indicates that you should not be required to remove, lower, or carry

Correct lifting guide

In honor of National Occupational Safety Month, we’ve put together 7 steps to minimize injuries when lifting heavy objects.

  1. Preparation – Remove obstructions and install Elliotts back support belt. Contract your stomach muscles to tighten your back and greatly reduce the risk of back injury.
  2. load size up – Always assume that the load is heavier than it actually is. Move the load laterally and forward to determine if it can be lifted.
  3. correct foot position – Place the front foot next to the object and the rear foot slightly behind, hip width from the front foot. This ensures a stable base and evenly distributes the weight when lifting.
  4. proper hold – Keep your arms as straight as possible and pull your elbows to your sides. Use the full length of your fingers and palm to avoid fatigue.
  5. bend the needs – Bend your knees to lower the load and push your feet up to lift it. Your leg and thigh muscles are the strongest parts of your body, and your back should only be used for support.
  6. straight back – Keep your back as straight as possible, your head up, and your chin tucked in.
  7. grip – Do not change grips during transport and face the receiving area. Do not twist your body while lifting as this will cause the worst possible injury.

Elliotts adjustable back support belts come in sizes S, M, L and XL to significantly reduce the risk of injury and speed recovery.For more information or data specifications, please see here

back support belt

adjustable back support belt


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