Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. It causes work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries.
To help prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, you should avoid such tasks as far as possible. However, where it is not possible to avoid handing a load, then there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk including:
- Making the load smaller, lighter and easier to lift;
- Breaking up large consignments into more manageable loads;
- Modifying the workstation to reduce carrying distances, twisting movements, or the lifting of things from floor level or from above shoulder height;
- Ensuring the person doing the lifting has been trained to lift as safely as possible.
Be First Aid Ready are pleased to offer Moving & Handling training courses on your premises. For more information on how we can help your company, call 01753 290699.