Lurendran explains some tips for lifting heavy objects he learned while working construction..

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An African American man wearing white with black dots on the top short-sleeve shirt and is shown from the waist up. He is standing in front of a dark-grey screen. A white CATIE Center logo is in the lower right corner of the screen. The man narrates the entire video in American Sign Language.

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Consejos para cargar peso de una manera segura

Yo trabajo en la construcción, me dedico a instalar vidrios, arreglar las mothershipde las computadora, las mesas y las luces. He aprendido hacer una variedad de tareas.

Una vez vi a un mexicano que cargaba cosas bien pesadas. En lo personal, me gustan los desafíos, me gusta cargar cosas muy pesadas, porque creo que es un buen ejercicio. Levantaba los objetos bien pesados con mis dos manos, cargaba cosas que pesaban como 185 libras, lo hacía apoyándolo contra mi pecho y solía hacerlo a menudo. Entonces, el mexicano riéndose me dijo: «Eres un muchacho muy fuerte pero estás cargando con la forma equivocada». Me quedé pensando y dije que estaba bien como lo hacía; sin embargo, me explicó que debería usar mi brazo, no entendí que me quería decir con eso, me imaginé que se referiría que cargara de una manera media rara, con el brazo alzado, pero  me dijo que no era así.

Me explicó: digamos que cargas un objeto de vidrio de forma cuadrada, de metal, mesas o cualquier otro objeto cuadrado, debes meter la mano por debajo del objeto, te apoyas con el antebrazo para levantarlo, luego te apoyas con todo el brazo derecho. Así podrás cargar  mesas, vidrios, metales o acero. Recuéstelo en el lado exterior del brazo, de esta manera lo sentirás liviano, aunque el objeto sea bien pesado, por ejemplo si cargas algo de 150 libras, se sentirá como de 45 a 50 libras.

No me había dado cuenta que la manera en cómo se cargan las cosas realmente hace la diferencia, ahora cargo hasta dos objeto, uno de 110 y otro de 120, con un total de 230 libras. Ahora, lo máximo que hago cuando levanto pesas es 245 libras. Gracias a la técnica que aprendí, cargo de 2 a 3 objetos y la gente me que mirando con los ojos bien abierto porque soy todo un experto. Ahora sé cómo hacerlo y no me voy a lastimar los músculos, he aprendido mucho por experiencia.

Ahora, cuando veo personas cargando cosas, sin importar, los paro e interrumpo para decirles: “Oye, te voy a enseñar una manera simple de cargar, con esta técnica de los brazos”. Ellos quedan agradecidos, se ve por la manera en como nos despedimos, chocándonos los puños, es que esta técnica les ayuda a todos a no gastar esfuerzos en vano. De no ser así, no van  saber qué hacer si se caen o se tropiezan por no estar levantando peso de la manera correcta.

Esta técnica, una mano arriba y la otra abajo para apoyar al objeto, se hace más fácil, se puede caminar y transportar el objeto. Al explicarlo ahora vas a saber hacerlo, en cualquier situación que tengas que mudarte, cargar vidrios o mesas pesadas, recuerda usar el brazo como te dije y verás que sentirás que el peso es más liviano.

Si cargas con el brazo y antebrazo no importa qué tan grande es el objeto, vas a poder cargarlo con facilidad, luego lo llevas al  piso y ¡listo!

Construction Site Tips for Lifting

So, I work in construction. As a construction worker my role is varied. I do everything from installing glass, to fixing motherboards on computers, to tables, to lighting among many other things that I’ve learned along the way.

Once, at work, I saw this Mexican guy who was lifting very heavy objects and transporting them by hand. I personally like lifting heavy things and I like the challenge because I am a gym buff. So I decided to help him out and when I lifted the items I realized they were very heavy. It was definitely a challenge to pick up and transport these things as each piece weighed 185 lbs. So I was picking up these pieces and bringing them over and over by holding them against my chest.

As I was doing this, the Mexican guy was laughing, and he came over to me and started speaking to me and said, “I could see that you’re a strong guy but you’re lifting by the wrong part of the frame. You need to pick them up using your forearm!”

I didn’t know what he was talking about and I imagined resting the pieces on my forearm while walking or putting it over my head while using my forearm or something. I had no idea what he was talking about. He explained that whenever you have a piece that’s rectangular and has a frame, it doesn’t matter what it is. It could be a window frame, a door frame, sheet metal, or a table. What you need to do is put your hand under the base of the and lift it up to where the wait of the entire object is resting on your forearm and balance it on the other end using your non-dominant arm. The item will feel really light. You could be carrying something that weighs 150 lbs and it will only feel like it weighs 45 or 50 lbs.  

So after that I was able to carry a few more items with a lot less effort. I decided to try to carry two pieces, where each item weighed 110 lbs for a total of 220 lbs. So normally my max bench weight is 245 lb but I was able to lift both of these items with minimal effort. People were watching me go back and forth as I could easily do two or three pieces each trip. But I wouldn’t dare to do 4 because then my arm would go flying out of its socket!

So I was really glad to learn this technique and in the future if I see other people who are in construction or even in delivery on the street, I can go up to them and teach them this method. They are super thankful to me no matter who they are. Just trying to help people out and save their necks so they don’t have to worry as hard about dropping anything, tripping, or overworking themselves.

That’s something I’d recommend for anyone because in the future you might have to move, or install a window in your house, or even just move a table. Just remember the forearm method and lift it with your forearm, not forgetting to keep your arm at a 90 degree angle. With that you’ll be able to lift and transport things with ease!