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    Do you lift correctly?

    Published on 21 February 2019, Thursday, 1:28 AM

    Working in trades and construction often means breaking a sweat more than you'd expect to in an ordinary office job.

    Moving things on the job is inevitable, but incorrect lifting can cause serious damage to your physical health.

    To avoid this, start by planning what you're going to lift, and how far you'll be taking it. Ensuring a clear path is available to get there will prevent you from having to make awkward movements along the way.

    Keep the load close to your body for more stability and easier transportation, and stand with your feet at a shoulder-width distance apart to keep your balance.

    Bending your knees and keeping your back straight should be natural to you, just remember to make sure the newbies on the job know it too.
    Remember to always lift with your legs as they are much stronger than the muscles in your back.

    Incorrect lifting simply isn't worth the injury it can cause for a lifetime of pain and repetitive stresses.

    If there's something you need to lift or shift that takes more than a bit of sweat, check out the array of moving aids from Kennards Hire.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.