Manual Handling refers to the movement of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common injuries to occur when transporting heavy items, to prevent injury to employees the following regulations are required by law
- Avoid hazardous Manual Handling Operations if possible
- Assess any hazardous Manual Handling Operation
- Reduce the risk of injury with necessary precautions.
In 2013/14 Manual handling injuries accounted for over a third of reported injuries at the work place due to poor and careless conditions, HSE RIDDOR report. According to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) in the same report an estimated 909,000 working days were lost due to handling injuries (LFS).
To avoid these injuries you must consider
- The weight of the item
- How many times it needs to be moved
- The distance you are carrying the item
- Pick up and drop off points
- Required twisting, bending or stretching