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Celebrities are usually great resources for promoting awareness of health and safety issues. And you might say that this month, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles became an unwitting spokesman for moving box safety, when the 27 year-old athlete tweaked his foot in what he described as a “freak accident” while carrying moving boxes down from the Missouri Western State University dorms.


The incident led SB Nation writer Joel Thorman to wonder why Charles was even allowed to carry his own things away from training camp at a time when the Chiefs seemed particularly interested in the strength of their offensive line.


Charles was quoted as saying that he’s used to doing everything on his own and “didn’t care to ask anybody” for help with his moving boxes. Let that be a lesson to everyone else, especially people who aren’t professional athletes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help packing supplies into moving boxes or shipping crates, and certainly don’t be shy about actually carrying them to their destination.


Employ a relocation service if there’s a lot of moving to be done. It just might save you from an injury, and if you’re like Jamaal Charles, save your team from a 28-16 preseason loss. If your job means you can’t afford an injury, don’t take unnecessary risks when moving!

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