Maintain Correct Posture

Use correct posture to protect your back while at work. If you sit at a desk, keep your shoulders and hips in line and avoid hunching over. Use correct form when lifting objects and avoid twisting and stooping. The following tips provide information about lifting correctly:

Use both hands to lift or carry a heavy object.
Adopt a proper lifting stance by putting the strain on your legs, keeping your back straight and not bending at the waist.
Wear a back brace for heavy work.
Test the weight before picking up the item.
Lift items smoothly and slowly.
Move your feet instead of your back when traveling or turning with a heavy object.
Hold the load close to your body.
Ask for help to move loads that are too heavy for you.

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