Manual handling is the second most common cause of non-fatal injuries in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
It refers to the lifting, carrying, lowering and pulling of items in the workplace. If done incorrectly, all of these activities could result in severe injuries such as sprains, crush injuries or muscle strains. To avoid this, the HSE advises against manual handling wherever possible. But for times where it is necessary, there are measures you can take to keep yourself safe.
In this article, we’ve outlined some of the steps you can take to ensure your safety when manually handling items or loads at work as well as what your employer should be doing to protect you and your colleagues.
If you’ve recently suffered an injury because of a manual handling accident at work, you could be entitled to make a claim. Read on to find out more or get in touch with our expert Accident at Work Solicitors for advice that is tailored to you.