Proper Lifting Tips
10 Proper Lifting Tips: Avoid Injuries
Strains and injuries are not limited to those who do heavy labor. Hundreds, if not thousands, of injuries happen in churches across the country every day.
Imagine this: The church office manager nearly tripped over a box of copy paper someone left on the floor in the supply room. Because she didn’t want anyone else to trip or fall, she decided to move the box to the counter. She bent over, lifted the box, and began to lift it. As she turned to place the box on the counter, she felt a pop followed by extreme pain in her lower back. She was off work for six weeks while she recovered.
These types of injuries can cost the church and individual time and money. Occasionally these injuries are unavoidable, but most can be prevented.
Most experts agree on the proper lifting technique
- Plan before lifting
- Lift close to your body
- Feet should be shoulder-width apart
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight
- Tighten your stomach muscles
- Lift with your legs
- Wear a belt or back support
- Don’t twist while you are lifting
- If you’re straining, get help
- Know your limits
A common scenario for injuries in a church setting occur when people who are out of shape or older overestimate their current abilities. They lift something that is too heavy only to injure themselves.
Train employees and volunteers to follow those guidelines, and help them to understand their own limitations. Designate a healthy, trained employee or volunteer to do the heavy lifting. Post guidelines in areas where heavy lifting might occur—such as in a supply room.
Church employees and volunteers should be protected and provided the best environment possible for their ministry. Training, planning, communication, and supervision should all be a part of the service environment.
It is important for church leaders to take the time and energy necessary to keep everyone safe, happy, and healthy. Everyone will benefit from such a proactive approach to ministry protection.