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WORKER WSPS.CA 130-BPS-13-IGOT © 2024, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) 1 877 494 WSPS (9777) | 905 614 1400 1 Materials Handling & Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention What Workers Need to Know Anytime you handle materials, articles or things are moved, you can get hurt if it's not done safely. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are muscle, joint, and other soft-tissue injuries that may happen suddenly or take some time to be noticed. It is important for you to understand how these injuries occur, and to be mindful of lifting, placing or removing, and handling items safely. 1. Ensure you have enough physical space to lift and handle materials so you do not need to twist your back and neck, or reach far outwards or overhead. 2. Ensure you can get a good grip when carrying items. Use handles if available and carry the load close to the body. Key things to remember when manually lifting items: 1 2 3. Maintain a straight back and lift with your leg and glute muscles, do not let your knees turn inwards. 3

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