Bee Line's Safety Lesson: Proper Lifting Techniques

To reduce injuries and promote back health, proper lifting techniques and load management will allow you to complete your tasks safely.

Before lifting any load, you should ask yourself, what am I about to lift, do I have a good grip and is that path clear where I’m going with the load?

To avoid pain or injuries, bend your knees and keep your back straight. Your arms and elbows should be close to your body and make sure you get a good grip. 

Keep the load close to your body, and always move your feet to turn.  If you feel tired, set the load down right away. 

When you’re setting something down, make sure to do it in the reverse order as you picked it up. Ensure the load is secure before releasing your grip. 

Never carry something that blocks your field of view, as this can cause you to trip on items left on the ground.

When loading equipment into vehicles, use a ramp if another team member is not present.

If you are working with a team, lift loads together to lessen the burden and communicate properly to ensure loads are lifted evenly.

Lastly, distribute the weight of the load by removing items if allowed to do so.

We hope these proper lifting techniques will help keep you safe while working with Bee Line.