Protect your back by using the right ladder, step stool or platform when reaching for things overhead.
- Standing on tip toes with arms locked to reach something high bends the spine, adding extra pressure.
- Keep one foot in front of the other (wide base of support). Use a safe platform or step stool if work area cannot be reached comfortably without fully extending your arms.
- If possible, store materials within safe reach of floor or other secure work platform.
- Don’t store heavy items overhead!