Agriculture Safety Matters: Put a Stop fo Poor Lifting Techniques

By | April 22, 2014

Agriculture Safety Matters

Whether you are lifting a particularly heavy object or a cumbersome load, you could get seriously injured by using improper carrying technique. Injuries caused by poor lifting and unsafe handling practices are some of the most common in the agriculture industry today.

When you are handling large loads without the help of a machine or another person, you put your health in danger. Use these ergonomic tips to ensure you are using safe handling practices on the farm.


  • Before lifting, determine whether you will need assistance from a person or a machine to complete the job safely.
  •  Find out if the route you will take with the load is clear of obstructions and slip, trip or fall hazards.
  •  Make sure you have a back support belt and are wearing it properly.
  • Grip the load with your palms instead of your fingers for more support.
  •  Keep your arms and elbows as close to the body as possible.
  • Get as close as possible to the load, keep it close to your body, bend at When lifting from overhead, stand on a stable surface and bring the load
  • Avoid reaching and lifting at the same time.


  •  Look ahead instead of down to make sure your path is clear.
  •  Plan your route in advance so you avoid stairs and uneven surfaces, if possible.
  •  Have someone else open doors, gates or other closed entries for you.
  •  Change direction by moving your feet, not your hips.
  • Keep shoulders, hips and feet aligned – do not twist at the waist.
  •  Set the load down if it becomes too heavy or unstable.


  •  Remember to push, not pull, whenever possible.
  • Position the load so that your legs supply the force.
  • Use hands and arms to control the load.
  •  Keep hands and fingers inside the load whenever possible.
  • Watch for pinch or shear points on carts, dollies and hoists.

Setting Loads Down:

  •  Bend your knees, not your waist.
  • Do not stoop to set the load down.
  • Make sure your hands and feet are clear before setting the load down.
  • Set down the corner or edge of the object closest to you first, and push the item into proper position on the shelf, ground or other surface. 


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