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Correct Lifting - Single Rescuer (Figure 2:1)

2.9 Correct Lifting - Single Rescuer (Figure 2:1)

As the leg and thigh muscles are stronger than those of the arms, back or abdomen, it follows that these are the muscles which should be used for safe lifting.

During a lifting operation, the rescuer should crouch down with knees bent, back straight and feet properly placed to bear the load.

Gripping the load correctly, the rescuer should start the lift by the thrust of the legs, and continue this thrust until the legs are straight, keeping the load close to the body and keeping the back straight.

In this way, the strain involved is placed on the leg muscles, and the possibility of back or abdominal injury is greatly reduced.

Loads should be lowered in a reversal of the lifting techniques.

Fig 2:1 Correct lifting technique