Watch the 2-minute video and learn ways to stay safe.
Your team has been moving boxes all day, and you’re almost done. Then someone bends down to pick up a fallen pen and starts howling in pain. “I’ve thrown my back out!”
Why did it happen like this, at the end of the day? How can you avoid an incident like this?
The FACTS: What you need to KNOW
The Actions: What you need to DO
Know your Power Zone: it is the area in front of you that is below your shoulders and above your knees. When lifting, keep items in this zone. Lift close to your body, keeping feet flat and knees flexed. Avoid twisting. Make sure you have enough space to lift safely.
Arrange your storage area to place items at waist level. Use a cart and slide heavy items onto it instead of lifting them.
Don’t lift heavy items alone. Get a second person to help. You can also break down large loads: unpack a big box on a table and then move the individual items.
Work as a team to avoid injuries. Talk to other volunteers about how you can help each other lift safely. Notice how the Power Zone varies according to height. Talk to your supervisor if the work is too heavy or involves awkward positions.