5 Lifting Safety Tips


The Power of Team Lifting

Can't carry something yourself? Grab a buddy -- or a few -- and get lifting. Two sets of hands or more can make the load lighter and the job go by faster, but there are a few safety issues to consider when participating in team lifting.

First, decide who's in charge of your team. You'll need a team leader -- a director -- to ensure you're all on the same page with the task at hand. As team leader, you'll want to make sure all helping hands know what objects need to be moved and what their destination is. Remind your team to lift and lower at the same time to avoid leaving any single person bearing more than his share of the weight. And don't forget to remind everyone to follow the proper lifting techniques -- more on that, next.