Manual handling is one of the most common injury’s at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries, they can happen almost anywhere and heavy manual labour, awkward postures or an existing injury can increase the risk - with warehouse environment being a high risk area.
Manual handling as defined in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations is "any transporting or supporting of a load (including lifting, putting down, pushing, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force".
The best way to deal with the risks associated with Manual Handling are to: -
Is there a way to do the required task that can completely remove the manual handling element - if so implement it.
If the task requires to be done assess how it should be done in the safest way possible.
Finally, reduce the manual handling required, this can be through a variety of options such as sourcing equipment to lessen the risks and always ensure that staff are trained in all equipment AND basics of manual handling.
We offer a range of products to assist with minimising the risk of manual handling, so many in fact that we have a whole section in our catalogue and our website dedicated to Handling and Access where you will find a whole spectrum of produces including static lift tables and trolleys, pallet trucks and stackers, steps and even vehicle and container loading equipment. In addition to the equipment to assist in manual handling we also offer a Pallet Stretch Wrapping Machine, Height Adjustable Work Bench and a range of Anti Fatigue Matting which is specifically designed to reduce the fatigue caused by standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces such as concrete which in turn helps ensure a good posture.
If you are not sure on whether you are currently doing the right thing in regard to manual handling the HSE Website has some great information along with some tools to assist with Manual Handling: -
I hope this blog will have helped show some of the different considerations to be aware of with regard to manual handling.