There were 469,000 cases recorded as employees suffering for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, resulting in 6.6 million working days lost in 2017/2018 as advised by the Labour Force Survey and reported through the HSE. Manual handling Regulations require that employers remove or reduce the potential of injury to employees, one way of working towards addressing this would be to ensure your employees are suitably trained in manual handling techniques.
Th potential of injury is increased if employees have not received suitable information, instruction and training to allow them to work safely.
An ergonomic approach should be considered prior to starting any manual handling activities to prevent and reduce the potential of injury. This approach considers the task as a whole, taking into account the nature of the task, the load, environment, and employee capability.
It is important that when employees are trained, they understand how to assess the risks of manual handling and using the correct techniques.