Moving requires a good deal of lifting, squatting, bending, pushing and pulling. Anyone who’s moved knows that lifting boxes and furniture is tiring work.
If you don’t use proper body mechanics the chance for injury dramatically increases. Follow these quick tips to protect your back and stay injury-free throughout your move.
1. Bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Lift with your legs, not with your back.
2. Wear moving gloves with special grips to keep items from slipping out of your grasp.
3. Get help to lift and carry items that are large or unwieldy (even if they’re not heavy).
4. Clear a path free of tripping or slipping hazards.
5. Carry items close to your body/center of gravity.
6. Take your time, lifting and walking slowly.
7. Don’t carry more than one box or item at a time unless you using a moving trolley
8. Don’t rush, run, or carry items through areas that contain obstructions or tripping hazards.
9. Don’t attempt to carry items that feel too heavy for you.
10. Don’t carry items on your shoulders or head.
11. Don’t twist or stoop while carrying heavy items.
12. Always stretch before and after lifting and carrying.
13. Pay attention to your body and if something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately.
14. Always make use of handles and grips when available, and repair or reinforce boxes that are damaged before attempting to move them.