How To Lift Heavy Weight Safely

  1. Determine if the load is solid or liquid. While solids do not move when transported, weight might change while carrying a container containing liquid. If you can’t see inside the container, gently shake it and listen for any liquid within. If it’s a liquid container, make sure not to tilt or lean it when carrying it.
    • Before lifting substantial things, look for any loose or moving elements. These may fall off or alter the weight distribution.
  2. Pick up one corner of the item to obtain an estimate of its weight. Kneel on the ground close to your object and grasp the corner with both hands. Lift the thing up such that one corner is fully off the ground. Lifting a corner allows you to estimate the entire weight of the object and assess if you can raise it on your own.
    • If you can’t raise the corner on your own, don’t try to lift the complete thing
    • .When attempting to raise a tall object, such as a bookcase, tip it onto its longest side first to make the weight simpler to carry.
  3. Place your feet shoulder-width apart in front of the item. Place yourself roughly a foot (30 cm) away from the thing. Maintain a foot width that is equal to or slightly broader than your shoulder breadth. Place one foot slightly ahead of the other, parallel to the side of the thing you’re raising.
    • When raising an oblong object, such as a table, stand on one of the long sides to evenly distribute the weight.
    • When attempting to raise something off the ground, avoid wearing clothing that is too tight.
  4. Lower yourself by bending your knees and keeping your back straight. Keep your knees bent as you gently drop your body to the ground. Tighten your abs while you squat to assist maintain your body straight and your lower back supported.
    • To preserve your center of balance, keep your knees bent during the lift.
    • If the object isn’t on the ground, bend down as much as you need to in order to acquire the best handhold.
  5. Take hold of the burden so that the weight is equally spread between your hands. Find strong handholds that you can readily grasp. Hold the thing towards the bottom or at its heaviest point to easily manage the weight. Make a strong grasp on the thing so it doesn’t fall out of your hands.
    • Grab a table from the longest side, for example, and hold onto the tabletop or box apron beneath.
    • To support the weight, keep your arms shoulder-width apart. If the object contains handles, make use of them
    • If you want to gain a greater hold on your thing, put on work gloves.
    • Do not try to carry the thing with one hand only.