Why Manual Handling is Important in the Workplace

In Ireland today manual handling injuries are one of the most common types of non-fatal injuries in the workplace. As an employer you are responsible for the health and welfare of your employees at work so it makes good business sense to protect your staff from risk of injury and by ensuring staff training in manual handling, mitigate potential liability in the case of a manual handling related injury.

Why Manual Handling is Important in the WorkplaceTo help prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, you should avoid such tasks as far as possible. However, where it is not possible to avoid handling a load, employers must look at the risks of that task and put sensible health and safety measures in place to prevent and avoid injury. For any manual handling activity, you should take the following into account:

  • The individual’s capability – are they experienced and able to lift the load?
  • The nature of the load – is it unstable, hot or unwieldy?
  • The environmental conditions – is the work area clean and clear of any obstructions?
  • Training – have the people undertaking the lift received adequate instruction?
  • Work organisation – are there proper systems in place to conduct the lift safely?

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