A recent survey revealed that back injuries are the most common injury experienced by farmers. To avoid problems, follow these safety guidelines:

  • Avoid bending at the waist when lifting a heavy item. Instead, bend at knees and keep your back straight-forcing your legs and arms to do the lifting, not your back.
  • When picking up a light item, use the "golfer's lift." To do this, raise one of your legs backward, when reaching over to pick up the item.
  • Avoid twisting at the waist when lifting.
  • Face what you are lifting.
  • Lift only what you can't pull and pull what you can't push.

The following Web site can provide you with additional information about proper lifting techniques www.rehabnet.com/guides/backpage.htm.