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Your Health & Safety Guide to Manual Handling

Manual handling is probably the most obvious area of work where health & safety is essential. Slips, trips, falls, lifting heavy objects, dropping heavy objects – you never can tell when injury’s around the corner. As such, it’s critical, not just for your health and safety, but for your colleagues too, that you undergo the proper training. Our experienced training team will provide the best learning experience in the industry. Expect first-class service at our custom-designed training facility between Leeds and Bradford. And let’s not forget the complimentary lunch and refreshments on offer.

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The Importance of Manual Handling Training

Did you know that incorrect manual handling is one of the most persistent causes of work-related injuries? Every year, countless people suffer minor and severe injuries for not adhering to health & safety protocols. Moreover, a relatively simple injury can lead to serious conditions over time. Those in the manual handling profession are far more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, as well as neck pain, back pain, limb pain, and injury to all three. The demands of the job, such as repetitive bending, twisting, and heavy lifting, can take their toll if you’re not careful. Storage and warehousing workplace environments present all sorts of dangers, but you can avoid injury by following some simple precautions.

Avoiding Accident and Injury

Everything you do at work should aim to avoid accident and injury. The right health & safety training can help you achieve this. We offer an extensive range of courses for numerous industries, including manual handling. Moreover, you should only ever resort to manual handling if you have no other options. But if manual handling is the only way forward, consider these health & safety tips first:

  • Carry out a detailed risk assessment before beginning the task, even for something as simple as carrying a heavy box. You should identify all potential hazards to avoid, and decide whether you’ll require assistance.

  • Make sure you have the relevant training required to complete the task before attempting it.

  • Sometimes, you may require special equipment to complete your task. Ensure your employer provides everything you need to adhere to health & safety regulations.

  • Inspect all lifting equipment like hoists, mobile elevated platforms, and fork lift trucks, to ensure they’re in full working order.

Following these simple protocols dramatically reduces your risk of accident or injury during manual handling. Even the smallest accident can snowball into a more serious problem, so be prepared for anything. We recommend looking to The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which provides a comprehensive system for reducing risk of injury. The advantage of health & safety training is that it broadens your awareness of potentially hazardous situations. Prepare yourself with great H&S training to reduce risk. When you’re walking about while Mr Careless is in hospital, you’ll be glad you took the time to broaden your mind.