How to Avoid Injuries on Moving Day
In order to survive moving day, you and everyone helping you have to stay in one piece. Injuries can happen any day but you surely don't need them on moving day. Here is how to minimise the risk of moving-day injuries.
Most injuries on moving day are caused by tripping. And the most common reasons for tripping are the edges of carpets or rugs. To avoid tripping on them, simply remove them before you start moving, or take some time and lots of tape and secure all edges to the floor.
If you have moved several times before, you should have noticed the cables crossing the floors in all direction. Those cables are needed to power the electric hand tools, the vacuum cleaners, the coffeemaker and so on, so they are needed. But they also present another hazard of tripping, so just tape them to the floor with generous amounts of tape. Easy solution.
What is most common during any move is loads of moving boxes. Avoid leaving solitary boxes lying around, especially behind corners, where they cannot be seen! Someone may walk into one of them and injure their feet and legs, or trip over it and fall. It would be best if you just didn't leave any solitary boxes - stack them on top of one another instead.
Wet surfaces are slippery, especially for someone carrying something heavy. To avoid any slipping, hold off on mopping the place until every room and corridor is free of boxes. Also make sure to mop and dry every spill of water, soda, tea, coffee or anything else spilled on the floor. Spilling happens a lot, so always have a mop nearby. If you are moving on a rainy or snowy day, supply yourself with enough floor covers, so there are no wet surfaces.
Lifting and lowering
Back injuries also happen very often on moving day. To avoid them, above all, everyone has to e careful when lifting something heavy. Whenever someone is not sure if he/she can handle a particular moving box or piece of furniture, they should ask someone else for help. Something else important - when lifting and lowering a heavy item, never bend your back - bend your knees instead. If you squat down and then pick the box up, you won't overstrain your back. And one last thing on this one - ask everyone to wear work boots on moving day, no matter how hot it is. When wearing safety shoes, everyone is insured against injuries due to dropping something on someone's toes.
When carrying something heavy, carry it with arms near your body and a straight back. This is done again in order to spare your back from strain. To avoid scratching people's hands when carrying furniture and boxes, supply everyone with a pair of working gloves. This is why they were invented, after all.
Working in pairs or in fours when carrying very heavy items is preferable. What is important in this case is to keep the person walking backwards from tripping and falling. There is one simple way to achieve this, and this is by communication. No one is supposed to read other people's minds, so when working together, talk the entire time, and when you are the one walking forwards, give thorough directions to your partner the whole time - where you want to go, what you are doing right now, what he/she has to do right now, and especially which way are you going and whether there are any obstacles in the way.