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NJ CAR Safety Tip: Safe Lifting & Carrying

Feb 23, 2016

NJ CAR is committed to helping dealers develop a workplace safety culture that becomes second nature. Don’t wait until an accident happens to focus on safety. Reduce the chance of injury and protect your bottom line with simple, common-sense changes.

“Lifting” is such a common activity that we sometimes forget there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Anytime you pick up a box or a heavy object, remember to use proper lifting techniques to avoid back injuries:

•Before lifting an object, estimate its weight by tilting it up slowly. If it’s hard to move, or too heavy to lift, get help and make sure you coordinate the lift with the other person, or use a lifting aid. •Get under the load by bending your knees, not your back. •Keep the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible. Lift with your legs, not your back.•Never twist your body when you are lifting, instead turn your entire body by using your feet.•Make sure you do not lift anything that will obstruct your view while walking.•Make sure your entire route is clear of trip and fall hazards.

For more information on NJ CAR Workers’ Compensation Program and its Zero Injury Program, please contact Charles Russo, NJ CAR’s Risk Manager & Safety Specialist, at 609.883.5056, Ext. 314, or send an email to [email protected].