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When moving home you may wish to pack and subsequently lift boxes yourself, we hope you find the following safe lifting tips useful.
Always make sure you are directly in front of the object you wish to lift.
Before attempting to lift any object it is a good idea to warm-up your muscles, perform some simple stretches beforehand to reduce the risk of injury.
If you lift a heavy object carelessly you can end up pulling muscles or even worse, suffer long-term damage to your back or upper limbs.
There are general guidelines – or maximum weights – for men and women. If applying these, no man should attempt to lift anything heavier than 25kg and a woman’s maximum limit is 16kg.
If any doubt you should carry out a risk assessments for all lifting. Since the safe limit depends on so many variables such as the individual involved, the height that you will be lifting and the distance you will be required to carry the object.
Each box in the diagrams shows guidance weights for lifting and lowering. The gold boxes are the safety zone. Observe the activity and compare it to the diagram. If your hands enter more than one box during the operation, use the smallest weight.
Use an in-between weight if the hands are close to a boundary between boxes. The weights assume that the load is readily grasped with both hands.
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR BACK AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE