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Safe Lifting 101: Material Handling Techniques

Keeping employees healthy and safe can minimize business disruptions and the risk of costly claims. Practicing simple, on-the-job safety techniques can help.

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A common task in many industries, material handling is one of the leading causes of workplace injury. Overexertion caused by improper lifting or cumulative trauma due to repetitive body motions can result in damage to an individual’s back, shoulders, hips, and other parts of the body. In serious cases, the injury can be permanent.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stresses the importance of ergonomic training for employees and offers numerous material handling resources, such as: proper lifting techniques, avoiding awkward postures, the dangers of long-duration lifting, and more! We’ve provided some safe-lifting tips here. We also encourage employers to visit osha.gov for additional guidance.

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