We do a lot of heavy lifting at the Boat Shop. We move boats, lumber, firewood, large pieces of furniture… you name it. Thus, we do a lot of reminding of each other of some of those basic elements that keeps lifting safe. Bend at the knees, lift with your legs, not with your back, keep breathing, etc., etc.
In the end, what really keeps each of us safe when carrying something large and heavy is teamwork. We do it together, making sure that no one is carrying more than they can handle. We talk to one another, making sure we lift at the same time and always calling out what we need in the midst of the process. And we listen to one another, adjusting as is necessary to keep each member of the lifting team safe.
Teamwork. It works with lifting. It works in life.