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Moving and Handling

Moving and Handling, be it either objects or people, causes more injuries at work than any other activity.

More than 25% of the accidents reported to the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) each year are associated with manual handling, most resulting in lower back injuries. These are common among occupational groups in which repeated and prolonged strain is put on the spine e.g. farmers, nurses, machine operators, miners, maintenance staff and delivery personnel. Over 70 million working days are lost in the UK each year due to back injuries.

With about 70% recurrence rate for back injuries, it's much better to avoid getting an injury, than to try to fix the situation afterwards. Although some manual handling injuries are due to a single incident, many are cumulative and result from carrying out the same activities repeatedly, with poor posture. Child carers are an example of an occupational group who are exposed to cumulative risks. They can involve lifting from a low level as well as bending forward to talk to and feed young children.

It is not just the back that may be injured. Other muscle groups and joints such as shoulders, arms and legs, are involved in manual handling and may be damaged by bad lifting techniques.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 state:

"Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations 10 and 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training. This should be supplemented as necessary with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention, as part of the steps to reduce risk required by regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

The risk of injury from a manual handling task will be increased where workers do not have the information or training necessary to enable them to work safely."

Our courses are designed to give managers and staff alike the knowledge and confidence to carry out a formal and dynamic risk assessment on a moving and handling activity, as well as a range of strategies to minimise the effects.

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