Pulling a Handcart up Steps

Pulling a heavy hand cart up steps can really load up your back. Using your legs is crucial to avoid a strain or even worse a sprain to the back. The key to using your legs is to have one foot on the step above and one foot on the step below, in other words, have your...

Protect your Shoulders from Arthritis

Your shoulder wakes you up in the middle of the night because it is throbbing with an intense dull ache. During the day you can’t raise your arm up above shoulder level and the doctor says the only choice is surgery. Now you realize that this nasty trouble is because...

Break Apart Stuck Bags

If you find that the bag or sack you want to pull off the pallet is stuck, how would you go about breaking it free. Since you don’t want to use your back, lets look at using your legs for the job. To pull at the bag with your legs, make sure you are using a wide...
Pallet Handling

Pallet Handling

Handling pallets can be a very back breaking job especially because they are very large and bulky and sometimes really heavy. You can use POWERLIFT® in several different ways when handling pallets. Keep in mind however, that handling oak pallets should be a two person...
Tip the Load on a Load Without Handles

Tip the Load on a Load Without Handles

The most frequent lift on a load without handles, will be a squat lift/dead lift combination. The second most frequent lift on a load without handles, will be a back lift/dead lift combination. We must eliminate the squat or back lift with a wide stance, 45 degree...
Using the Tripod lift Technique

Using the Tripod lift Technique

It is important to know that you can’t reach all the way down to the floor with both hands without using your back. Doing this deep of a bend and then trying to lift can easily tear ligaments in your back and put you on the disabled list. The best way to get both...
Handling Long Bulky Boxes

Handling Long Bulky Boxes

So, you have to move a long, heavy box from the pallet to the stock cart and you want to make the job as easy as possible. Here is a great way to do just that. Simply position the cart in front of the pallet, then straddle the box. With your feet in a wide stance and...
Mopping the Floor – Figure Eight

Mopping the Floor – Figure Eight

The typical way that most people mop is with a figure-8 motion. The problem is that if you keep your feet pointed straight ahead, like the worker above, it will be your back that powers the mopping motion. You can easily put the work onto your legs if you learn this...
Golfers Bend

Golfers Bend

Many of us use the Golfer’s Bend technique for reaching into deep containers and for picking small objects off of the floor. Even though this is a common lift, there are some fine points about the Golfer’s Bend that we should all know. A Golfer’s Bend should never be...
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