Q: Does the photo on the left show the proper way to lift?
A: No. Never bend over with your knees straight and lift with the upper torso.
Q: What are some injuries that result from improper material handling?
A: Back injuries, strains, sprains, bruises, fractures, cuts, smashed fingers, eye injuries, head injuries, and even fatalities.
Back injuries occur when workers lift heavy or bulky objects, lift improperly, carry excessive loads, or push/pull awkwardly.
Strains and sprains result from lifting improperly or from carrying loads that are either too large or too heavy.