There are two ways to move large, heavy items: the right, safe way, and the wrong way. Moving heavy items, the wrong way can cause a lasting injury, pain, and discomfort. Improper moving techniques can lead to you throwing out your back, pulling a muscle, or twisting your knee or ankle; which will greatly affect the process of moving, and have serious consequences afterwards. Here are some tips are how to properly move heavy items without hurting yourself:
You may not be at the gym but moving can be quite the work out. Stretching and warming up your muscles beforehand will greatly reduce the risk of injury to yourself. Some loads are slightly heavier than others but are still light enough to carry. Stretching your muscles and joints before carrying these heavier items can prevent you from pulling a muscle or hurting your joints. This is especially important if you aren’t used to physical activity or lifting weights.
Test the Load First
Size doesn’t always reveal weight; heavy things can come in small packages. Misjudging an items weight is one of the leading causes of back injury. Before picking up the item, test the weight of the load. This will give you a better sense of how to lift and carry it properly. To do this, push the item or carefully lift a corner. If it slides easily or the corner lifts easily, then it is likely light enough to carry – just make sure you use proper lifting techniques to pick it up.
However, if the corner is too heavy or the item is too hard to slide, then you should either ask for help or use a dolly to help transport it to the moving truck.
Make Sure The Box Is Packed Correctly
Boxes that are not packed well, with too many heavier items on one side can cause discomfort or instability while lifting or carrying the box. Poorly packed boxes can also shift during transport, causing the box to move or fall when the back of the truck is opened up. Also, make sure that the boxes are completely sealed. Poor taped boxes may open while being carried, leading to injury from falling items, or tripping over what falls out.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques!
To start, stand close to the item you are about to lift. Squat down and get a comfortable, yet firm grip on the item. Stand up from the squat with the item in your arms, holding it closely to your body. It is important to always LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS and not your back. Squatting will help you do this; do not bend over at the waist to pick up items as you are more likely to lift with your back muscles in that position. Remember to do the same squatting motion when placing the item back on the floor.
Slow, Slow, Slow
Carrying a heavy item puts pressure on your body, especially your back. A 10-pound item can put as much as 100 pounds of pressure on your lower back. Keep the item close to your chest and move slowly and deliberately. Moving too fast with a heavy item can cause you to fall and injure yourself.
Moving can be a lengthy process, and you may want to move things along quickly by stacking boxes on top of each other to carry together. Stacking boxes above your face, however, is very dangerous. A front view that it blocked, even partially, can cause you to trip over an unseen object or fall from imbalance, and get hurt. You could end up with a pulled muscle, busted knee, or worse, a broken bone. Only carry ONE box at a time, while transporting your items.
Safety is key when moving and you never want to put yourself in danger. These tips will help you prevent any accidents!