If you do find that you have to move a heavy or awkward object and there are no aids around to support you there are ways in which moving and handling of the item can help reduce the risk of injury. Where possible, ask someone to help you. If you try and move the item without lifting as a way of assessing the weight and you are struggling to do this, it is unlikely that you will be able to manage lifting it and will therefore need help from someone else or a lifting aid. When bending to take hold of the item always remember to bend your knees. Keep the load pulled in towards the middle of your body.
Do not lean forward or back wards, keeping the spinal column straight and in alignment. Try and transfer the weight of the load through your stomach to your legs hence relieving the pressure and force upon your vertebrae and discs. Keep the load close to your body.
When lifting, keep feet a shoulder width apart and the whole body facing the load. Avoid any twisting movements that might strain your back. If the load is extremely heavy and you know you are going to struggle, don't do it.