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Manual Handling

Last updated: November 4, 2018

What Does Manual Handling Mean?

Manual handling relates to the transportation of objects or materials by carrying, pushing, lowering, or pulling.

There are a number of risk factors associated with manual handling, and the risks are increased if the worker is required to carry the object up and down stairs.

Safeopedia Explains Manual Handling

The associated risk factors include the weight of the object causing muscular or joint strain, the repetitive carrying of a type of object, the range of the lift, and bending, twisting or stumbling during the process of lifting the object.

Injuries resulting from manual handling can lead to a type of injury known as a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). A musculoskeletal disorder is any injury, damage, or disorder of the joints or other tissue that occurs in the limbs and the back.

MSD injuries account for around one-third of all injuries that occur in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to take an ergonomic approach to training their staff in the proper and safe manual handling of items in the workplace.


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