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Are you planning on moving, or simply want to rearrange some items in your home? It’s beneficial to know how to move heavy objects effectively, so you don’t get hurt.
In fact, heavy lifting is a common cause of many lower back injuries.
There is a method to lifting safely. Read on to learn how to make your move easier on you…and your body.
Use Equipment to Assist You
One way to protect yourself is to use equipment to help you, rather than relying on brute strength. Some of the common tools available to help those moving heavy objects include:
A furniture dolly helps you lift heavy items by distributing the weight evenly and allowing you to roll the object to its destination. Two common types of dollies are square with four-wheels or a two-wheel dolly that is a good option for taller items.
Regardless of the type of dolly you use, you’ll want to secure it with straps to keep your items in place.
Also known as lifting straps, these help to transfer the weight of heavy items off of your body, making it easier and safer to transport these objects.
These straps are adjustable so you can size them for both the size of your furniture and you.
Why lift when you can slide? To really prevent the risk of injury, furniture sliders are a plus. These are often pieces of plastic or wood that are placed under each leg or corner of furniture.
This creates a barrier between the object and the floor, allowing you to glide the furniture or object more easily, and ensuring that you don’t have to lift a thing.
Practice Proper Technique
If you don’t have the equipment on hand and intend to lift the objects yourself, there are some key things to keep in mind to avoid injury:
Carry Close To Your Body
Keep your body balanced by carrying any heavy objects as close to your body as possible. In doing so you’ll avoid stooping and causing injury to your back. You’ll also be able to use your shoulders and upper arms, rather than burning out your forearms.
Don’t Twist Your Body
Once you have the object in your arms (close to your body of course) you’ll want to keep your body as still as possible. Twisting your body quickly can result in an injury.
When making turns, move slowly and envision keep your spine aligned in a straight line.
Bend at the Knees
To further prevent back injury, remember this key point–do not bend at the waist. This puts the brunt of the weight onto your back. Instead, bend at the knees to put the weight onto your legs and arms as you lift.
Disassemble as Much as You Can
If the item you’re moving is simply not something you can carry intact, the safest approach is to disassemble as much as you can first.
For example, if you’re moving a desk or dresser, remove all of the drawers. This will prevent drawers from falling as you move the object and it will substantially lighten the load.
Still need help with the items you’re moving? Find a removal service to help you get the job done.
Now You Know How to Move Heavy Objects
Next time you need to move something heavy, you’ll be prepared. By following these steps above, you’ll be able to move heavy furniture and objects, safely and efficiently.
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