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2. Ergonomic Principles

To prevent injury, anyone engaging in heavy lifting or repetitive movement should understand and implement ergonomic principles. Some ergonomic recommendations only apply to certain occupations, but most apply to any industry. The basic principles of ergonomics are:

  • Good posture
  • Keep workspaces tidy to prevent falls
  • Lift properly
  • Plan workspaces and workflows with ergonomics in mind
  • Carry items in the power zone (between mid-chest and mid-thigh)
  • Items to be carried should have proper handles
  • Push instead of pull whenever possible
  • Rotate tasks (after addressing all other ergonomic issues)
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