How to Avoid Personal Injury While Loading and Unloading
Injuries are common while loading and unloading heavy boxes.
When you lose control of the box you’re carrying that’s when injuries tend to happen.
Sometimes, you think you can handle a box until you get to the stairs, or a particularly narrow door, or underestimate the distance between from where you’re moving and the desired destination. Getting a paper cut when packing up your books is not something to write home about. If you pull a muscle or hurt your back, however, and you’ll see how things suddenly take a sharp turn for the worse.
How do I avoid injury while loading and unloading boxes?
The first and most important rule: use common sense.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of making smart decisions. Don’t fool yourself over how much you can actually lift vs. how much you THINK you can lift. Access the situation accordingly.
A general rule of thumb is never move a box that weighs more than fifty lbs. This means you should avoid cramming every single piece of cooking and dishware into a single box.. After all, if you drop a box filled with wine glasses, drinking glasses, all your utensils, and a frying pan . . . it’s just going to make a long day even longer.
Lifting a box off the ground takes technique. This rule applies to lifting anything straight off the ground: never lift with your back. Always lift with your legs. Bending over and lifting with your back is a fast way to end up with a herniated disc. Not only does it delay the overall move but will cause long lasting pain if not treated immediately. If you work in a labor oriented job, and you hurt herniate your disc while moving, it could cause complications down the line.
If you cannot lift a box off the ground—and it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to recognize when the weight is too much—you can use basic physics in your favor. A dolly is an essential piece of equipment when lifting heavy furniture. While not conducive for moving down the stairs it can ease the weight of the boxes and speedily move them to the vehicle of choice.
Is there a way to avoid injury all together?
There are no absolutes in life. However, hiring the professionals for loading and unloading services can certainly reduce risk of injury. Best Deal Mover’s movers will wrap, load, and unload every piece of furniture from your current home to your new residence with utmost care. With Best Deal Movers, you can be sure that your cherished furniture will be safe every step of the way.
No matter how big or small your project is, you can always count on Best Deal Movers for a 100% stress-free move. Call us today at 678-771-5599 or email us at email@example.com and let us help you with all your packing and moving needs.