Lift safely

Follow these tips to prevent strains, dislocations and muscle tears.

The University of Utah’s goal is to eliminate injuries caused by improper lifting. To prevent strains, dislocations and muscle tears.

When lifting:

  • Stretch and warm up before you perform any lifting
  • Keep your back straight and bend your knees—never twist or bend your back
  • Are on solid ground with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Keep the box or object close to your body
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Limit the amount of weight you carry—separate boxes or make additional
  • Ask for help to with heavy, bulky or large loads
  • Keep pathways clear of tripping hazards