Lift Heavy Things In The Term Paper

Length: 7 pages Sources: 5 Subject: Anatomy Type: Term Paper Paper: #57809697 Related Topics: Osha, Exercise Physiology, Muscle, Workplace Safety
Excerpt from Term Paper :

In order to move the load, the worker should use their feet exclusively in changing direction, and walk in a steady, even stride towards the destination.

While moving, the load should be kept as close to the body as possible. This increases the stability of the load. If the load is held out, this increases the burden of the work to the arms and lower back. This results in a dramatic increase in stress to the lumbar region. The legs and abdominal muscles bear less of the workload. It should be remembered at all times that the legs are the strong muscle group and the abdominal muscles are the best source of core stability. To reduce their role in the lift is to increase the risk of injury to other muscle groups.

When the load has arrived at the destination, the process for set-down should be the reverse of the process for pick-up. The load should never be dropped. Rather, it should be set down, the worker keeping the load as close to possible to his/her body and bending his/her knees to bring the load to the floor.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations when undertaking the lift of a heavy object in the workplace. The first is the use of safety equipment. A back brace provides additional core support, which reduces stress on the lower back. A back brace is only a supplemental tool and will not prevent injuries, especially if good lifting form is not adhered to. In fact, studies conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have concluded that there is a lack of scientific support to suggest that back braces prevent injury. Steel-toed boots should be worn to protect the feet in the event that the load slips or is dropped. If necessary, protective gloves can be worn. Gloves also provide extra gripping capability and absorb sweat that could otherwise cause the load to slip from the worker's hands. Slippage results in an unstable load, placing additional strain on all muscle groups. As these groups are subjected to instability, the lower back is often called upon to provide this stability, leading to injury.

In many workplaces where regular lifting is involved, there are limits in place on the amount of weight one person is permitted to lift. If an object approaches...

...

Each person should take an opposite side of the load, then lift as prescribed above, simultaneously. One person should be the leader, and call out the timing of the lift so both people are working in concert.

Workplaces should be designed to minimize the need for manual lifting. Proper ergonomic design can help reduce the risk of injury by reducing the weight lifted, the frequency of lifting required, or the distance an object needs to be lifted. Any workplace where regular lifting occurs should be fully equipped with a variety of lifting tools including dollies, pneumatic lifts, pallet-jacks, or automated materials handling equipment.

Conclusion

Heavy lifting in the workplace is often required, but unfortunately results in over a million injuries per year to American workers. Many of these injuries are avoidable, if proper techniques are observed before, during and after the lift. The reduction of heavy-lifting injuries should be a goal for any company and any worker for whom the task is required.

Works Cited

Inverarity, Linda. (n.d.) Safe Lifting Technique. About.com. Retrieved May 15, 2008 at http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/ergonomics/qt/SafeLifting.htm

No author. (1996). Back Belts: Do They Prevent Injury? National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 94-127.

No author. (n.d.). Back Safety and Proper Lifting Technique. Linfield.edu. Retrieved May 15, 2008 from: http://www.linfield.edu/ehs/osha/back_safety_lifting.phpBack Safety and Proper Lifting TechniqueIntroduction

1993). Back Injuries - Nation's Number One Workplace Safety Problem. OSHA Fact Sheet 93-09.

No author. (2007). Lifting Safety: Tips to Prevent Back Injuries. American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved May 15, 2008 at http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/safety/safety/174.html

Shiel, William (2007). Lumbar Back Pain. Medicinenet.com. Retrieved May 16, 2008 at http://www.medicinenet.com/low_back_pain/article.htm

Cluett, Jonathan (2004). Low Back Strain. About.com. Retrieved May 16, 2008 at http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/lowback.htm

No author. (2008) Lifting Techniques. Back.com. Retrieved May 16, 2008 at http://www.back.com/articles-lifting.html

No author. (2004). Moving/Lifting Heavy Objects. UCLA Retrieved May 15, 2008 from www.biolchem.ucla.edu/Safety/JSAFiles/UCBerkeley/MovingLiftingHeavyObjects.doc

OSHA Fact Sheet 93-09.

Cluett, Jonathan (2004). Low Back Strain.

OSHA Fact Sheet 93-09

http://www.back.com/articles-lifting.html

Lifting Safety: Tips to Prevent Back Injuries. American Academy of Family Physicians.

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 94-127.

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Inverarity, Linda. (n.d.) Safe Lifting Technique. About.com. Retrieved May 15, 2008 at http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/ergonomics/qt/SafeLifting.htm

No author. (1996). Back Belts: Do They Prevent Injury? National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 94-127.

No author. (n.d.). Back Safety and Proper Lifting Technique. Linfield.edu. Retrieved May 15, 2008 from: http://www.linfield.edu/ehs/osha/back_safety_lifting.phpBack Safety and Proper Lifting TechniqueIntroduction

1993). Back Injuries - Nation's Number One Workplace Safety Problem. OSHA Fact Sheet 93-09.


Cite this Document:

"Lift Heavy Things In The" (2008, May 16) Retrieved October 26, 2021, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/lift-heavy-things-in-the-29798

"Lift Heavy Things In The" 16 May 2008. Web.26 October. 2021. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/lift-heavy-things-in-the-29798>

"Lift Heavy Things In The", 16 May 2008, Accessed.26 October. 2021,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/lift-heavy-things-in-the-29798

Related Documents
Workplace Safety
Words: 618 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Safety Paper #: 69233484

Q1. The Gauley Bridge disaster took place in the 1920s, before appropriate health and safety requirements were imposed upon industries to protect workers. Workers were often forced to tolerate such conditions because they had no other options by which to make a living. Furthermore, a certain degree of physical risk to workers was acceptable in the eyes of employers. To some extent, this is also true in many developing world

Treatment of the Mentally Ill and Slaves in Literature
Words: 1410 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Literature Paper #: 64883908

life of slaves in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and the lives of the mentally ill in Victor LaValle's Devil in Silver The theme of freedom and escape was common in antebellum literature written by former slaves -- and is also common in narratives of the lives of the mentally ill today. Both Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl and Victor LaValle's

Mississippi Masala, Do the Right Thing and
Words: 1092 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Race Paper #: 34454418

Mississippi Masala, "Do the Right Thing" and "Scarface." Over the years, Hollywood and independent filmmakers have taken the 'American identity' and given audiences an opportunity to view the multi-faceted ethnicity of community-based ethics and interracial harmonies - or lack thereof. America has become a melting pot of cultures and beliefs that have had to fight off social stereotypes and fight against anglo-conformity. Directors like Brian De Palma, Mira Nair and Spike Lee

10-Year-Old Boy, Alec. The Child Has Had
Words: 2646 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Teaching Paper #: 86185381

10-year-old boy, Alec. The child has had pervasive relocations in his life, beginning at age 2 and endured a challenging separation between his parents. Since the separation he first experienced 50% split parenting, living with his mother one week then his father and stepmother the next, until such time as he was school age. He then began to live full time with his mother during the school week and

The Safety of Employees at Work
Words: 4975 Length: 15 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 23763359

Workplace Safety Safety within the workplace is a central issue that Occupational Safety and Health Authority hold with the highest consideration than any other matter within the workplace that can potentially affect the employees. OSHA has in place lucid rules and regulations guiding the safeguarding of the employees safety within organizations. There are various initiatives taken by organization to ensure that there is safety within the workplace. Regardless of the safety

Public Observation
Words: 2221 Length: 7 Pages Topic: Sports Paper #: 77376192

Public qualitative observation: WOW Fitness Center WOW Fitness Center is a part of a chain of gyms which offers a wide variety of weight machines, cardio machines, and fitness classes. There is also a juice bar located within WOW. WOW charges monthly membership fees that are relatively low in cost and thus it attracts a wide representation of persons from the larger community of varying levels of fitness. It often offers