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Moving and Handling Matters

Statistics published by the HSE revealed 473,000 workers reported suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2022/2023, which often results in aches, pains and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones. These can have a serious impact on workers’ ability to perform tasks; their quality of life; and in some cases, their ability to stay in work and earn a living. Many can and do suffer from long-term pain and discomfort.

Workers need to recognise the long-term health risks when moving and handling materials on site. Workers should not have to accept these injuries and potential long-term suffering as an inevitable part of work. Make sure you are aware of the risks and know what to do to stay safe.

The Manual Handling Regulations set out a clear hierarchy of

measures you must follow to prevent and manage the risks from hazardous manual handling:

■ avoid hazardous manual handling operations, ‘so far as reasonably practicable’;

■ assess the risk of injury to workers from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided;

■ reduce the risk of injury to workers from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably practicable.

Workers have duties too. They should:

■ follow systems of work in place for their health and safety;

■ use properly any equipment provided for their health and safety;

■ cooperate with you on health and safety matters;

■ inform you if things change or they identify hazardous handling activities;

■ take care to make sure their activities do not put others at risk.

As an employer, you are required to provide employees with health and safety information and training, including specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and their prevention to enable them to work safely.

Do you require Manual Handling Awareness Training? Feel free to get in touch for more information:

01782 438813

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