Manual handling at work


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It's a myth that people with a physical job that keeps them fit don't need to do regular exercise. It is important to be fitter than your job. Regular exercise will help your body cope well with a physical job and reduce your risk of injury.

Manual handling issues account for a third of workplace injuries, including musculoskeletal disorders, and aren't necessarily related to heavy work or lifting.

Manual handling covers a wide variety of activities, including:
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Lifting, carrying and lowering objects
  • Bending
  • Reaching

The information below can be used to support you in managing your risk of injury in the workplace in relation to manual handling.

How do I assess my risk of manual handling injuries at work?
  • Consider your own capability
  • Assess the environment for example could you trip or slip? Is there enough space?
  • Consider the shape and size of the load as well as the weight
How do I reduce the risk of manual handling injuries at work?
  • Minimise the amount of twisting, stooping and reaching
  • Complete manual handling training 
  • Avoid lifting heavier objects from the floor or above shoulder height 
  • Ask for assistance if you feel the load is too heavy or awkward for you to move yourself 
The image below provides a guide to moving and handling objects in the workplace.

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Case study

Read Tom's story to find out how manual handling changes can improve joint and muscle pain. 



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