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Manual handling refers to the movement or support of an item or objects a person handles by hand or by using bodily force. This applies to lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, putting down and handling. There are regulations in place to help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries at work and while the risk cannot be eliminated training can help to reduce the likelihood of an injury caused by the practice of poor manual handling techniques.
Manual handling is not limited to workers on a factory floor. Injuries can also be sustained by individuals working in offices lifting small objects especially if they are reaching and twisting.
In short manual handling affects every worker and every employer in some way. The Health and Safety Executive have found that poor manual handling techniques have attributed to more than 25% of all reported accidents, in some occupations this figure increases to over 50%. Over one-third of injuries that resulted in over 3 days off work was as a result of poor manual handling techniques.
Manual handling related injuries and illness costs UK businesses approximately 12 million lost working days a year which is estimated by the HSE to cost business about 5.7 billion pounds per year. Reducing the number of manual handling injuries is not just about saving businesses money. There are also thousands of pounds lost to individuals in loss of wages and in a reduction in their ability to carry on in their chosen career and can have even more serious long-term implications.
The techniques you learn on this course are easy and simple to remember, but in order for them to be effective, you must remember to use them every time you are involved in moving or handling.