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  • Manual handling accidents and injuries are often caused by lifting heavy objects, including animals incorrectly.
  • Always keep the load close to your body, bend your knees (instead of your back) and lift with your thigh muscles. Never lift with your back.
  • Organise your work area to reduce the amount of bending, twisting and stretching required.
  • Plan ahead. Consider the safest possible ways of lifting, carrying, holding, lowering, pushing, and pulling.

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Reviewed on: 18-08-2022