Whether carrying merchandise daily is part of your job description, or you’re just asked to help carry boxes every once in a while, use best lifting practices to avoid injuries. Picking up just one heavy piece of equipment without proper technique can result in a painful muscle strain or worse.
Make a Plan
Before you lift a heavy item, make a plan. Look at the path you need to take and determine if it’s clear. Move obstacles out of the way. If possible, have someone on the team walk in front of you to hold doors open and stop others from stepping in your path.
Check Your Clothing
If possible, remove any piece of clothing or jewelry that might snag on your load such as a watch band or loose jacket. Never move heavy items in flip flops or other unstable shoes. Wear sturdy boots or tennis shoes.