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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

17. SAFE LIFTING/BACK-INJURY

PREVENTION

Back injuries are among the majority of reported incidences occurring at NMSU. Training on safe and proper lifting is provided by EH&S. Listed below are some recommended procedures to help you avoid back injury:

  • Loads over 25 pounds may require assistance - ask for help!
  • Position yourself so that the load you are lifting is kept close to your body.
  • Lifting a load to shoulder height or higher is risky - request assistance!
  • Position yourself so that your ears will be above your knees when you are ready to lift.
  • Lift with your legs.
  • Maintain your balance by placing one foot slightly ahead of the other.
  • Complete the lift before turning or twisting your torso with the load.

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