How to Move Large Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects can be a difficult task and one that carries with it a potential risk of injury if done incorrectly.

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You always need to protect your body when moving large, heavy objects. Even if you don't feel immediate consequences, lifting incorrectly can lead to long-term damage. Protect yourself by always using safe lifting procedures.

Determine the best position for your hands on the object. If you are lifting a box, this is generally underneath it. Other objects may have handles or other positions for your hands.

Stand in front of the object, with your feet at least shoulder's width apart. A wider stance will give you a steadier foundation for lifting.

Bend your knees to lower yourself down to the object. Keep your back straight as you bend.

Place your hands on either side of the object in the most desirable positions. Make sure you have a steady grip on the object before proceeding.

Keep your core muscles tight and controlled as you bend. Your abdominal muscles should be tight and your back muscles supportive.

Lift the object up with your leg muscles. Keep the object close to your body as you straighten your legs and return to a standing position. Your back should remain straight throughout the entire movement.

Keep the object centered in front of you as you move it. Avoid favoring one side of your body.

Walk slowly to your destination. Avoid sudden movements which could cause you to drop the object or injure yourself.

Lower the object slowly to the floor while maintaining proper form. Do not bend or arch your back. Let your legs do the work as you bend your knees to lower it down.

Things You Will Need

  • Large, heavy objects

Tip

  • A dolly can be helpful when moving multiple heavy objects.

Warning

  • Never use your back to move heavy objects. This often leads to injury.