Manual Handling

Why is it important?

Work-related musculoskeletal problems including injuries due to manual handling and lifting are the most common type of occupational ill health. Therefore, you must take these issues very seriously. Completing the correct manual-handling training will guard against this for you. The training is simple and gives guidance for lifting, carrying and other movements.

Correct lifting technique

  • Lifting is a common cause of low back injury that is often preventable.  
  • Lifting wrong can result in a trapped nerve, pulled muscle, slipped disk, crushed foot or just a box of broken ornaments, so how do you go about lifting correctly and ensuring that this doesn’t happen? 
  • Principles that can minimize the injury risk
  • Get as close to the weight as possible.
  • Keep feet wide apart to improve stability.
  • Bend from the hips and knees not from the waist, maintaining the natural curve of the lower back.
  • Tighten the lower abdominal muscles drawing the navel in against the spine. This helps to support the spine.
  • Don't lift and twist. Move the feet rather than twisting from the torso.
  • Don't lift after sitting for extended periods; the ligaments of the back are stretched and vulnerable to injury