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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Proper Lifting

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Mines
Category: Back Injuries

Drawing depicting man lifting cradle Always grasp one side and wait for a buddy to get the other side. This will greatly reduce the potential for back injuries. Never attempt to carry the top cradle of a conveyor belt structure by yourself. Not only are the structures heavy, they are very awkward (This tip is applicable for any heavy or awkward object).

Drawing depicting man getting help lifting cradle

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M012

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Silas Brock of Putney, KY,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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