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Reduce The Risks Associated With Manual Handling

Published March 13, 2017 (last updated December 3, 2020) Author: Employsure
Manual-Handling

Manual handling is a common cause of injury within workplaces, and as an employer it is your responsibility to decrease any potential risk to your employees.

Manual handling includes any activity where force is required to push, pull, lift, lower, carry or otherwise move a load. When people incorrectly engage in manual handling, they put themselves at risk of lower back pain, neck pain, problems with shoulders and arms, including forearms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers. These problems can result from repeatedly lifting a heavy or unbalanced load, or can occur as a once off.

As an employer, you have a duty to reduce manual handling wherever possible, or at least lower the risks associated. Introducing mechanical aids or making small changes to work processes or procedures can go a long way to minimising the risks. Training, whether in manual handling techniques, or in the correct use of mechanical aids is another important step.

To assist you and your workplace, Employsure has created this informative manual handling poster. Download it and display it around your workplace to assist in mitigating your employees risk of injury.

If you are uncertain of your obligations when it comes to manual handling, or any other health and safety requirements in your workplace, call Employsure on 0800 568 012 . Our Advisers can answer any questions you may have.

Click here to download Employsure’s Manual handling poster. 

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