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Back Safety: BendingSeguridad para la espalda: c³mo doblarse

Back Safety: Bending

Bending can strain or even injure your back. Follow the tips below to move safely and protect your back as you perform everyday activities.

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Always face the object you're bending in front of.

Bending Over

  • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

  • Move your whole body as one unit.

  • Bend at your hips and knees, not at your waist.

  • Flatten your stomach and tighten your leg muscles.

  • To keep your spine straight, let your buttocks move out behind you. Don't try to tuck them under.

  • If you need to, place one hand on a sturdy object for support.

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Bend at your hips and knees instead of at your waist.

Bending to the Floor

  • Lower yourself to one knee. If you can, rest one hand on a sturdy object to help lower yourself.

  • Rest one arm on your raised knee.

  • Don't bend at the waist.

  • Do not hunch your back or neck to reach to the floor. Instead, bend more at your hips and knees to get closer.

Publication Source: National Agricultural Safety Database

Publication Source: SpineHealth.com

Online Source: National Agricultural Safety Database

Online Source: SpineHealth.com

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-04-04T00:00:00-06:00

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