Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders, joint and repetitive strain injuries of various.
Manual handling injuries account for over a third of all the injuries reported in the non-metallic industries. In 2010-11 the numbers ranged from 51% of the injuries in the Cement industry to 30% of the injuries in the Concrete industry.
The HSE have developed a number of tools that can help you assess manual handling operations. The tools can help you assess lifting and handling tasks (MAC tool), repetitive tasks (ART tool) and pushing and pulling tasks. See the musculoskeletal disorders page for further detail.