During these unprecedented times, we take our role as an essential service provider seriously and we remain open to service our customers. We understand that everyone is very concerned with the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We’re following the guidelines put in place by the federal government, local governments and the CDC.
Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
We’re offering discounts for our customers who are able to stage their items outside of their property for pickup
We’re vetting our customers before scheduling appointments and while en-route to make sure they’re not showing signs and symptoms of illness
If the customer has access to masks or face covers, we ask that they wear them (if masks are unavailable, please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet at all times)
We are sending home any staff member exhibiting any symptoms of illness for the recommended period of time established by the CDC
All team members have been assigned masks and gloves
We are not assigning more than two team members to a truck
Our trucks and equipment are being disinfected daily
We’ve shut down our office from outside visitors and anybody who can work virtually is being encouraged to work from home
The company continues to hold regular team-wide virtual meetings to emphasize transparency and keep the lines of communication open
The decision to come to work remains 100% voluntary
Whether you’re moving from one house to another, or just getting out the holiday decorations, you need to take care to protect your back.
Each year, more than 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association. In fact, back pain is the most common reason for missing work and the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
The best way to avoid back injury from strain or spinal disc compression is to practice Proper Lifting Technique.
Proper Lifting Technique
Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other, to give you a wide support base.
Squat down, bending at the knees and hips only. You might put one knee onto the floor for support.
Slide the object toward you, do not reach for the heavy item.
Lift with your legs. Lift the item slowly, straightening your knees and hips and not using your back. Be careful not to twist while you are lifting.
Use slow and smooth movements.
Maintain good posture, keeping your back straight, your chest out and your eyes forward.
Keep the load as close to your body as possible, at belly-button level.
Change direction only with your feet, not your back, and take small steps.
Squat with only your knees and hips as you put the load down.
Lift by bending forward. Always bend your knees and hips.
Lift heavy objects above your shoulder level.
Turn or twist while carrying a heavy load.
Arch your back.
Rely on a back protector.
Walk on slippery surfaces while carrying a heavy item.
123JUNK offers an alternative to heavy lifting
When you need help lifting, moving or disposing of heavy objects, let 123JUNK help. We offer a Labor-Only Service just for this reason. We’re trained in the proper techniques of moving heavy items and can help save your back.