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Prevent manual handling injuries in your workplace

UncategorizedApril 26, 2016

Prevent manual handling injuries in your workplace (Last Updated On: August 23, 2017)

A common cause of injury in any business is manual handling. As an employer, you must try to minimise the risk of injuries so far as reasonably practicable. You can reduce the risk of injury, as well as potential disruption to your business, by reviewing the tasks your employees do manually and applying best practice.

Manual handling includes pushing, pulling or any other bodily force, in order to lift and carry loads. The most common injuries are lower back pains, neck pain and problems with shoulders and arms, including forearm, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers. These injuries can result from lifting a heavy or unbalanced load only once, or from continual handling.

While the weight of any load is critical, the frequency of lifting, posture while lifting, the surrounding environment and the employee’s physical fitness are also important factors to consider.

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 correct use of mechanical aids is another important step.

To assist, click here to download our guide to manual handling.

If you are uncertain of your obligations when it comes to manual handling and/or health and safety in your workplace, call Employsure on 1300 651 415. Our professional advisers can guide and advise on all your obligations as an employer.

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