What are the Dangers of Manual Handling
Manual handling can be described as transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force. As well as lifting, this can also include lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling.
The important factors to keep in the forefront of your mind when handling large objects at work are the weight, size, distance you are carrying it, and where you are placing it (e.g. is it the floor or a shelf?).
It is proven that awkward postures and heavy manual labour are all contributing factors to musculoskeletal disorders. According to HSE, these disorders account for more than a third of work related illnesses reported each year.
What Should You Be Doing?
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) requires employers to assess and manage the risk of their employees.
This requires the employer to make suitable and sufficient assessments of the task and reducing the impact of injury by using a hoist where available, or ensuring the employee has sufficient manual handling training.
The regulations require the employers to do the following:
- Avoid – where possible and practical, the employer needs to consider where the movement of heavy objects can be avoided.
- Assess – the employer must risk assess the activity to ensure it’s as safe as can be for the person carrying out the task.
- Reduce – the employer must reduce the risk of injury as far as reasonably possible.
It is crucial for employees to take responsibility for their own safety and co-operating with their employer on health and safety matters.
How Can Sureteam Help?
Manual handling affects many organisations in different ways from construction sites to office based work. Our specialist team are trained in all areas to ensure that they can give you sound advice so that you comply with UK law and avoid accidents and any subsequent legal action.
A fully qualified member of our team will visit your premises and conduct a full and detailed risk assessment. We will then write a report of findings and recommendations.
To speak to us about our consultancy services, give Sureteam a call on 01666 503686
We also offer Manual Handling training courses designed to educate participants on safety procedures all around the safety of moving heavy objects. Follow the link to read more about the training courses we have available.
Give us a call
Our team are on hand for any advice you need. Give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your health and safety needs. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.