Kitchen Safety: Preventing Lifting Injuries

Kitchen Safety: Preventing Lifting Injuries

Kitchen Safety:
Preventing Lifting Injuries For a cook, besides your knife, your back is probably the most important tool that you’re gonna have. That one moment where you pick up that 80-pound whatever, and you pull something in your back, that could be the rest of your career. A healthy back is critical for a long career in the kitchen. Follow these steps for lifting any load. Get close to the object, and test the weight. Bend your knees with a neutral back posture,
and get a good grip. The legs have the strongest muscles in the body, so getting good position, and securing the item,
and then lifting it with your legs. Pivot with your feet; don’t twist your back. Lift the object smoothly and slowly,
keeping it close to your body. Empty garbage containers before they
become completely full; this reduces the weight, making the bag
easier to lift and tie without any garbage falling on the floor. You know kitchens are notorious for
having limited space, making sure that things are stored
as appropriately as you can, so you’re putting the heavy things when you’re storing them down low, you’re not putting the heavy things up high. Lifting heavy things that are coming down
over your head — if you don’t know how heavy that thing is, and it comes down on your neck, or your head, it’s not going to be good. Organize the kitchen so heavy items
are stored at waist level. Keep the load between your knees and shoulders. Use dollies or carts whenever possible, and don’t hesitate to get help from others
when lifting a heavy load. You’ve got to take care of your body, because this is how you make your money. Don’t burn out and don’t feel like you need to do everything on your own. Just get help. Don’t be a hero. You’re gonna want your back when you’re 50 years old. An injury today potentially can stay with you for a very long time. It’s going to ensure you have a long
and prosperous career, so making sure that you have a
healthy back is essential. Avoid lifting or carrying items that are slippery,
too hot, or unevenly balanced.

2 thoughts on “Kitchen Safety: Preventing Lifting Injuries

  1. Most people (employers) in any field of work would underestimate how important this is! One unexpected strain could cost the employer thousands if not more. Training and education is key!

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