Labor shortages are difficult enough to manage right now – you don’t want to risk having a valued team member need time off to recuperate from an injury on the job. Overexertion injuries are among the most common injuries restaurant staff have but you can minimize their severity by ensuring heavy items are stored and moved properly. Store heavy or frequently used items at a level between hip and chest height – and try to eliminate any repetitive bending and lifting from the floor. Use carts to move heavy items, but when items must be carried, lift with the knees and position items in front of the body if possible so no twisting is required. If your staff needs to pass plates through windows, ensure the openings don’t require awkward postures that can cause injury.