Lifting/Lowering Techniques

  • The following are proper lifting/lowering techniques:
    • Back is straight
    • Knees are bent
    • Hands are close to the body
    • Lift straight up
    • No twisting of the trunk
    • Keep object centered with the body
    • Lift only weight-appropriate objects/people
  • Where more than one person lifts/lowers another person or object, the base of support must be secure (for example, hand securely grips another’s forearm when lifting a peer). The person being lifted/lowered must be moved using appropriate body parts (for example., upper limbs).