The Importance of Having the Right Gear
Sometimes we all need a helping hand, literally. Or, when there's no one else around, other sorts of lifting aids will have to do.
When the size or weight of an object makes it difficult to move or lift -- whether it's an awkward shape or just too heavy -- consider using a dolly, hoist, trolley, forklift or wheelbarrow, or even sliding the object, to ease the load.
Additionally, if you do a lot of heavy lifting, fitting yourself with a few accessories can help keep you safe. Investing in a pair of gloves and steel-toed boots may save your hands and feet from accidental injury. But if you're considering a back belt, it may not make much of a difference. Back belts -- those elastic bands you wear around your lower back to help reduce your chances of back injury -- aren't endorsed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as tools for helping reduce the incidence of back injuries. They've never been proven to help and may potentially increase your risk of injury.