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Manual Handling Training

What injuries are caused by manual handling?

Manual handling cause severe injury in the short term through accidents, or chronic or long-term damage from bad handling techniques for the work activities. Short term injuries include bruises, cuts, hernias, sprained and inflamed tendons, sprained ligaments, ruptured discs, trapped nerves, and crushed fingers and feet and broken bones.

1.       Chronic and or Longer-term damage often leads to continual back injuries.

2.       How do I plan effective manual handling procedures?

We need to consider four factors:

·         The nature of the task itself

·         The weight and type of load that is being moved

·         The capacity of the person carrying out the task

·         The environment in which the activity is being carried out.

How can we prevent injuries from occurring?

AVOID – The most effective way of preventing injuries is to remove the hazard i.e. remove the required to conduct any manual handling task. For example, you may be able to use an automated aid such as a trolley or lift. Any alternative means of moving objects must also be assessed and controlled to ensure that they do not cause any new significant hazards.

ASSESS – Any manual handling activity that cannot be averted must be properly assessed to make sure that remaining risk aspects are all reduced by utilizing appropriate controls. we can photocopy the activity assessment sheets for each task identified.

REDUCE – Can loads be made smaller, can lifting distances or heights be reduced, should come tasks be done by two people, what action can you take to lessen manual handling tasks?

Manual handling cause severe injury in the short term through accidents, or chronic or long-term damage from bad handling techniques for the work activities.


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