Whatever your job, look after your back.
This page explains this year’s Better Backs campaign 2006 in relation to HSE’s Construction Division.
Construction has the highest rate of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These are mostly back injuries from manual handling. There were 56,000 Work Related MSD cases in construction in 2004/5. Handling injuries (to employees in 2004/2005) accounted for 38% of over 3 day injuries and 15% of major injuries.
This year during the inspection campaign Inspectors from HSE’s Construction Division will be focussing on manual handling tasks that mainly form part of the Supply Chain Initiative.
In addition to the materials from the campaign pack available from the Better Backs website, two presentations have been prepared for the construction industry. The links are below:
Laying a long run of kerbs with a vacuum lifter - an example of good practice
Kerb laying – Not the way to do it!
Using a trolley to transport plasterboard -an example of good practice