d. Avoid Stooping.
Squat (bending at the hips and knees).
Avoid stooping (bending at the waist).
Use your leg muscles to return to an upright position.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR PERFORMING PHYSICAL TASKS
a. It is easier to pull, push, or roll an object than it is to lift it.
b. Movements should be smooth and coordinated rather than jerky.
c. Less energy or force is required to keep an object moving than it is to start
and stop it.
d. Use the arm and leg muscles as much as possible, the back muscles as little
e. Keep the work as close as possible to your body. It puts less of a strain on
your back, legs, and arms.
f. Rock backward or forward on your feet to use your body weight as a pushing
or pulling force.
g. Keep the work at a comfortable height to avoid excessive bending at the
h. Keep your body in good physical condition to reduce the chance of injury.
REASONS FOR THE USE OF PROPER BODY MECHANICS
Use proper body mechanics in order to avoid the following:
a. Excessive fatigue.
b. Muscle strains or tears.
c. Skeletal injuries.
d. Injury to the patient.
e. Injury to assisting staff members.