You’ve probably heard of manual handling before. If you work somewhere where lifting is part of your job description, you should have received manual handling training to ensure you can lift properly and safely at all times.
A lack of knowledge when it comes to safe manual handling can be a dangerous thing. Did you know a third of the injuries caused in the workplace are caused through manual handling? Many of these could easily be avoided if the proper measures were taken to ensure no one is injured in this way.
Reduce the instances of manual handling if at all possible
If you can do a job without lifting or moving any type of load, this would be the way to do it. However, this is not usually possible in the majority of circumstances. To this end, it is important to reduce the risks associated with the lifting process. For example, if stock comes into a shop on pallets, a pallet truck could be provided to move the pallet onto the shop floor. The workers can then unpack the boxes on the pallet without lifting them. The alternative would have been to carry all the boxes through separately, as well as lifting them from a low position, thus creating more potential for injury.
Safe manual handling can be done in the majority of situations. When a load is heavy, lifting equipment (such as a pallet truck or fork lift) should be used to reduce the odds of injury. However, even when loads can be lifted by individuals, it should be remembered that not everyone can lift things as easily as other people.
Be wary of repetitive movements
Sometimes it is not the load that is the issue. There are occasions when people are injured because they do the same task time and time again. This might involve unpacking boxes or putting out stock that is relatively light. The best way to avoid this is to make sure no one takes on the same task for long periods of time.
There are times when injuries can be avoided. However, if you’re nursing an injury that was caused by not receiving manual handling training, or not having the right lifting equipment you required, you could be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline could help out. Call now on 0800 689 0500 to learn more – it’s free and you are not under any obligation to go ahead if you do have a right to claim.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead