Manual Lifting

Hazards Identified
Muscle strain, over-exertion

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment

Hazard-Specific Training
General awareness

Safe Work Practice

  • Plan your move. Make sure pathway is clear.
  • Use a dolly or other mechanical device if possible.
  • Ask for help when required.
  • Prepare for the lift; stretch and warm up before moving anything manually.
  • Do not exceed your personal lifting capability.
  • Only light objects should be lifted above shoulder height.
  • Lift only to the level required.
  • Split load when possible.
  • Do not attempt to catch falling objects.
  • When possible, push rather than pull.
  • Stand close to object being lifted.
  • Get a good grip on the object.
  • Bend your knees; do not stoop.
  • Lift using thigh, leg and abdominal muscles, but keep your back straight.
  • When turning follow your feet – do not twist your body.

Regulations, Standards and References

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.