Contractor Safety Share

Sharing safety information

Lifting Hazards

An employee was placing a box on a shelf.  The box weighed approximately 18lbs.  The shelf was about 5 ft. tall.  The employee had to extend up onto their toes to reach and place the box on the shelf.

The employee felt a pop in their foot.  The employee reported the event to the supervisor and stated their foot did not hurt.  Later that evening, while at home, the employee went to an immediate care center to have their foot examined.


Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  • Use a stair ladder/step stool to place items above shoulder height.
  • Ensure employees are trained on proper lifting and the ergonomic hazards associated with lifting.
  • Supervisors should be trained on proper lifting and be able to identify hazards associated with lifting items.
  • Supervisors should regular observe employees’ lifting techniques.
  • If a plan has been put in place to assist with proper lifting make sure employees are following the plan.

1.    Evaluate all employee tasks for ergonomic hazards. Consider posture, exertion (lifting height/weight), and repetition when evaluating lifting tasks for ergonomic hazards.

  1. Document observations to identify unsafe acts and track for trending.


  1. Ensure employees are evaluated by a Healthcare Provider immediately for reported injuries. 



Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
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