How to avoid injuries when moving house
Moving home or office can be very frustrating at the best of times especially if you leave packing to the last minute. When we rush things we tend to forget about our safety as well as risking the safety of others involved who are trying to help you move. Injuries can occur at any time especially when we are anxious to get something accomplished quickly. However, injuries can be avoided by early preparation, and by hiring an experienced removal company. Injuries can differ from stubbed toes, small cuts to back and muscle injuries. Therefore, when lifting or moving heavy items such as suitcases, furniture and moving boxes, ensure you do it correctly to minimise risk arising from these demanding activities.
Here are some ways to do it safe without risking your health:
- Ensure you get a good grip of what you are lifting
- Bend your knees – Avoid bending at the waist
- Keep the box your are trying to lift close to your body
- Place your legs apart
- Do not twist your body
- Do not jerk when lifting heavy items
- Lift slowly and smoothly
- Maintain a secure footing
- When moving items with wheels it’s better to push than pull
- Use a trolley to carry uneven or heavy objects
Take a look at the video below to help you visually.
Most importantly ensure you carry a first aid kit with you at all times in case of an accident. First aid kits usually come in many sizes, which are easily portable. A well equipped kit should include the following;
- First aid booklet or bookmark stored on your mobile device / tablet
- Gloves, preferably rubber or any form of grip
- Hand towels
- Sterile eye wash solution, Optrex
- Band aid / Plasters
- Alcohol swab
- Non-adhesive dressing
- Adhesive tape
- Wound dressing
- Safety pins
Also, make sure your phone is fully charged to make call in case of an emergency. With all that said, the key technique to avoiding injuries and damages to you and your goods is by hiring a qualified removal company. At BYMV our man & van team are fully trained on how to move heavy items, which is good news for you as this also reduces the risk of damage, we have the most skilled movers. Our experience ensures that you complete your move efficiently and safely. Give us a call on 020 3327 7300 so we can discuss your requirements.
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AVOID INJURY: How to correctly lift a heavy item
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