Lift safely


The University of Utah’s goal is to eliminate injuries caused by improper lifting. To prevent strains, dislocations and muscle tears.

When lifting:

  • Stretch and warm up before you perform any lifting
  • Keep your back straight and bend your knees—never twist or bend your back
  • Are on solid ground with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Keep the box or object close to your body
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Limit the amount of weight you carry—separate boxes or make additional
  • Ask for help to with heavy, bulky or large loads
  • Keep pathways clear of tripping hazards