Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Accidents involving manual handling can have a long-lasting impact on personal and professional lives.
As a matter of fact, manual handling was the most frequent cause of over-seven-day injury in 2014/2015 and approximately 909,000 working days are lost each year due to handling injuries.
Download THSP’s A3 manual handling poster here for free. It includes a useful checklist to help improve safety for you and your colleagues in your workplace.
TOP TIPS FOR MANUAL HANDLING
- Conduct a manual handling risk assessment – review regularly and carry out for each type of handling task.
- Hold load close to the body to reduce stress on the back.
- Ensure you have the correct training – Knowledge TILE ( Task, Individual, Load, Environment ) it is very important that all training is up-to-date.
- Wear suitable clothing
- ‘Bend your knees’- never bend your back, always bend at the knees to pick up and lift the load.
- Last but certainly not least, know your limits – if you think the load is too heavy, just don’t lift it! Ask someone for help or use a mechanical aid.