More than a third of all over three day injuries reported each year to the Health & Safety Executive and local Authorities are caused by manual handling The transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force.
Most of the reported accidents caused by back injury, though hands, arms and feet are also vulnerable.
In 2007, an estimated average of 11 working days per sufferer was lost through musculoskeletal disorders affecting the back, caused by work. The Health & Safety Executive estimated that such conditions cost employer's up to 335 million pounds.
Many manual handling injuries build up over a period rather than being caused by a single handling incident. These injuries occur wherever people are at work (farms, building sites, factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, logistic etc). Heavy manual labour, awkward posture, manual materials handling and previous or existing injury are all risk factors.
- What are your duties?
- Are you assessing and reducing the risk of injury?
This course explains the problems associated with Manual Handling and teaches you the best practice in dealing with them. The principals are relevant to all managers and employees. Avoiding injuries from Manual Handling makes sound business sense.