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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972

Safety Spot No.3

No. 3 in this series could be headed 'Avoid Painful Injury'! Don't become a member of the Aylesbury Aching Back Club or the Quainton Crocks but be sensible and read these useful tips before lifting anything, especially when it is heavy or awkward.

First, plan what you are about to do by:-

  • Inspecting the ground or floor around the object
  • Inspecting the route over which you plan to carry the object
  • Deciding how you are going to hold the object by avoiding sharp edges and finger "traps"
  • Making sure the load is within your lifting capacity

Then lift the object the proper way by:-

  • Setting the feet firmly in a good non-slip position
  • Crouching as close to the object as you can with your legs at about 90° angle at the knees
  • Lifting with the weight as close to your body as you can, using the arm and leg muscles
  • Very important- not twisting when you are lifting

Remember, avoid injury - it's quicker than getting over an accident.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1972 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Safety Spot No.3 - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972

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