Proper Lifting Techniques Poster by Ergodyne

If you’ve got back injuries at work you know how much they are costing you. A simple pulled muscle can incompacitate a worker for several weeks leading to high costs in lost productivity, not to mention the medical bills involved.

Back supports may help somewhat but ultimately proper training, including reminding employees concerning the proper way to lift, is the most effective way to combat the problem.

Fortunately Ergodyne, one of the leaders in ergonomic PPE including the top back supports in the market is here to give a helping hand.

Check out the Ergodyne Back Support / How to Lift Poster for starters.

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You can print it out, or if you want a larger copy, simply fill out the form below¬†and I’ll send one out to you free of charge.

Additionally go have a look at Ergodyne’s impressive video library for short video clips on proper lifting techniques.

While you’re there, have a look around at the other videos available; you might find something else that you can use for training.

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Lifting and Lowering Diagram

I came across this diagram in a British safety publication and, thinking this would be a good topic to discuss, I went looking for a US version.


(from http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/safety/health_and_safety/policy/11/3/2/)

I couldn’t find one and I’m not sure why. There are several similar versions of this image but they are all from British websites.

Meanwhile, it seems to me that the guidelines giving here are simple and easy to follow. For women, use 2/3 of the weight shown.

Rough equivalents are listed below:

  • 5 kg = 11 lbs
  • 10 kg = 22 lbs
  • 15 kg = 33 lbs
  • 25 kg = 55 lbs

If, while moving the load, you are going to take it through more than one of the zones, use the lowest value. This diagram assumes that the worker’s body is in a stable position, that he is using both hands and that the hands are no more than shoulder length apart.

Above this weight, an assessment needs to be made to prevent injury.

Okay, can anyone tell me why I couldn’t find anything like this in lbs on a US website?