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October 20, 2022

How to safely move heavy items

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Lifting heavy items when moving can be demanding and damaging to the body if done incorrectly. Carrying heavy items may require help from family and friends if you’re not planning on hiring movers to do the job for you. You need to know how to move heavy items safely. This will prevent serious injuries.

There are, of course, numerous ways and techniques to do this. You will have to find the best one that works for you.

Lifting heavy items incorrectly can cause back injuries

There’s a reason why you need to practice safety when moving heavy items to prevent the injuries listed below:

  • Slipped discs
  • Breaking bones
  • Muscle sprains and strains

How to prevent injuries

  • Determine the weight of the items
  • Don't lift anything you can’t hold with ease
  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight
  • Carry items close to your body
  • Keep your eyes in front of you
  • Firm grip
  • Use a moving dolly

Prevent spinal injuries

Spinal injuries are the most common injuries that happen when lifting incorrectly. They can be minor or substantial depending on the weight of the item lifted. 

Slipped discs

A slipped disc is when the soft tissue between the bones of the spinal cord slips out and causes pain. Some may not realize they have a slipped disc until it severely slipped. It usually causes back pain and may restrict some movements causing nerve pain, which can be excruciating. If left untreated, it can cause severe nerve damage.

Depending on how it is, you can treat it by resting and avoiding carrying heavy items. Painkillers are also an option. 

Breaking bones

Bone injuries aren’t common when lifting heavy furniture, but they can happen. The most common thing that happens is a fractured bone. This injury is grim and should be treated right away. Never underestimate the size and weight of the furniture you are lifting.

Though you may sometimes think you are strong enough to lift certain items. If you’re struggling to walk accurately and lift furniture or boxes effortlessly, they are probably too heavy for you.

Treating bone injuries involves a cast or methods like metal pins and plates. If you suspect you may have fractured or broken a bone, call your doctor immediately.

Strains and sprains

When lifting heavy furniture or boxes, the muscles on your back will be affected. If you keep lifting, it may lead to injured muscles resulting in sprains.

Be extra careful and if you strain any muscles, do not lift anything else until fully healed. Also, consult with your physician for pain relief.

Now that we’ve discussed possible injuries, let's look at how you can lift heavy items without hurting yourself.

Determine the weight of the items

The first thing you need to do before lifting anything is to determine its weight. The best way to do this is by asking for help from a partner or friend, and both of you lift it. Another suggestion is to refer to the furniture manual (if you still have it) to see the exact weight.

This may not be the most accurate method, but it helps to do it before you attempt lifting.

Don't lift anything you can’t hold with ease

This point goes hand in hand with determining the weight of the items before you lift them. It is another way to estimate the weight. If you can’t lift any box with ease, it's too heavy. Ask for help.

Make sure you can see where you're going

Bend your knees and keep your back straight

When trying to lift anything heavy, make sure your body is balanced so it's easier to lift. When lifting something from the floor you should bend your knees, keep your back straight, and slowly lift the item.

If you have knee or back pain or injuries, avoid lifting anything. Ask for help.

Carry the items close to your body

Once you’ve lifted the item, carry it close to your body. This will reduce the heavy pressure on your beck and legs. Remember to wear the correct shoes too, and if you have to, wear non-slip gloves for a better grip.

Make sure you can see the view and floor in front of you after you’ve lifted the item so you know the direction you’re going. Be extra careful if you are going up and down the stairs.

Keep your eyes in front of you

Don’t carry any furniture that will block your view. If the view is blocked, don't risk it. If there are two of you carrying the item, make sure the person who has the view, guides you correctly and can navigate and direct you successfully.

Firm grip

Once again, a firm grip is very important when lifting heavy items. Wear nonslip gloves as mentioned above or ensure your hands are dry before lifting anything. Another important thing to do is to wear the right shoes in case the furniture drops on your toes. Proper shoes will prevent injury.

Use a moving dolly

Moving dollies are a lifesaver for moving. Not only do dollies save time, but they also save you energy. They are easy to move around and convenient. Dollies are the best for carrying small furniture and heavy boxes. Use them as much as you can.

In conclusion

Lifting heavy items takes a toll on the body. If you absolutely cannot do it alone, ask for help or hire professional movers to do it for you. Do not risk injury because you want to save money. Always consider your safety first and get the appropriate supplies for heavy lifting.

If you aren’t sure what supplies are needed for heavy items, ask a moving supply store for assistance and research. Remember to take extreme caution and ensure you have a clear view when moving furniture.

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