By E.F. Lindsley
Use brains, not brawn
to move heavy loads safely.
On my first construction job I learned
that every crew had one or two macho
types who loved to boost their egos by
bear-hugging some heavy piece of material
or equipment and Sumo wrestling it
into place. As the years went by I
observed that most of these human derricks
ended up unable to work because
of badly damaged backs, arthritic joints,
or severe injuries from so-called "construction
accidents." How many expensive
items they damaged with their
roughhouse tactics is another question.
Building construction, from the
pyramid builders to the three-person
crew erecting a modern home, frequently
calls for moving or lifting heavy
materials and objects.