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5 Risks of Moving Heavy Items

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5 Risks of Moving Heavy Items

You try to be good to your friends. You support them during rough family times and always give the best gifts on holidays and birthdays. So, when asked to help with a big move, you don’t hesitate to agree. But, be careful. You may want to think twice before helping move that heavy antique armoire.


Muscle sprains, strains and tears are easy injuries get. According to a 1996 study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those injuries accounted for about half of all occupational injuries that resulted in workers missing days on the job. The government group defines sprains, strains and tears as traumatic injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joins resulting from sudden wrenching, twisting, stretching and ripping.


You might not lift things for a living, but there are still plenty of ways to injure yourself and your property. You don’t want a favor performed for a friend to result in pain, injury or days missed from work. This guide will help you understand some of the risks of moving heavy items.

  1. 1.Back Injuries

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cases involving sprains, strains and tears, the part of the body most affected was the back. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says back injuries can be the result of improper lifting techniques or lifting loads that are too heavy for the back to support. When you are lifting, make sure to get close to the object that you are about to lift, spread your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure to bend at the knees while keeping your back straight. Also, be sure to use slow and steady movements while you’re working because sudden, jerky movements can also injure your muscles.

    You might not lift things for a living, but there are still plenty of ways to injure yourself and your property.
  3. 2.Knee Injuries

    The Bureau of Labor Statistic said shoulders and knees where the second most common places to get muscle injuries. “Lower extremity injuries occur to the knees and ankles during push/pull operations when significant force must be exerted o push heavy loads,” says Occupational Safety and Health administration.

  4. 3.Breaking Your Belongings

    When you are attempting to lift or move something much bigger than you are, it is easy to lose control of the situation. That means large objects can fall, tip or swing. Not only does that put you at risk for injury, but the object itself becoming broken or scratched in the fall.

  5. 4.Home Damage

    It’s not just you or the item to be moved – large, falling furniture can injure doorways, floors and walls in your home as well. That can turn a simple do-it-yourself job into a costly venture requiring extensive home repair.

  6. 5.Automobile Damage

    Once you manage to get the large, heavy item out of your house, you may need to move it somewhere else. Unless you have a large, steady automobile you could be putting your car at risk, too. You could scratch up the exterior and damage the interior trying to get the object inside. Keep in mind that a lot of cars simply aren’t designed to haul very heavy things.


    Attempting to move a heavy object can be a costly mistake. Whether it’s doctor bills, home repair bills or just a day or two missed from work you could end up paying for an attempt at saving money. Gloves, back belts, dollies and forklifts can all be your friends when it comes to moving heavy things. You can also use sites like Red Beacon to find reputable professional movers.


    Pretty much any kind of work you need done in your home can be completed, you just have to be smart about it.

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