Relocating can be an exciting time for many movers, who are looking forward to a fresh start to life. However, part of this transition requires the often dreaded task of moving all of your belongings from your current place, to the new home. During this process, injuries can be all too common. There may be tools or equipment that the average person just does not have, but is useful to hauling items smoothly and safely.
It can be a great investment to hire movers to do the sweaty, difficult lifting, while you focus on other aspects of the move. If you do decide to move at least some of your things, here are some tips to help prevent bodily injury.
Practicing Proper Body Mechanics
Not practicing body mechanics can be a quick way to tweaking your back, spraining a muscle or even breaking a bone. If you are injured, it is recommended you stop what you are doing immediately and go to the doctor. For more urgent accidents, call for an ambulance right away. Do not brush off an injury. Take the time to make sure you are okay, and then decide if you’d rather hire professionals to do it for you.
- Do use your knees by bending and lifting with your leg muscles.
- Do not use your back when lifting.
- Do carry items closer to you, and not far away from your body center.
- Do be patient, take your time and walk slow.
- Do stretch before moving items, and again when you are done.
- Do not carry more than a single box or item at once.
- Do not try to move items that are too heavy.
- Do not twist your body when carrying odd-shaped objects through a door or hallway.
- Do wear supportive gear for moving, including gloves with grip and appropriate shoes.
- Do not wear slip-on shoes or tight-fitting clothing.
- Do utilize handles when going up or down stairs.
- Do not move boxes that are damaged or torn, fix it before carrying.
- Do ask for help if you are not able to move a hefty or unwieldy item.
- Do clear moving pathways of debri or loose wire to prevent tripping.
- Do listen to your body and stop or take a break when needed.
Most Common Moving Injuries
Even with the best of intentions and proper utilization of body mechanics, an accident can still happen. Injuries from moving can range from minor cuts or bruises to more serious conditions such as concussions or fractures. Here are the most common injuries movers may suffer from when the hauling goes wrong:
- Broken extremities
- Deep lacerations and scrapes
- Knee joint injuries
- Sprained ankles
- Back injuries
- Muscle & nerve damage
- Inguinal hernia
Asking for Moving Support When Needed
Sometimes, there are items that are either too large and wonky to move even with the help of friends or family. It may save you time, money for injury costs, and stress by hiring professionals to do the lifting for you.