Better backs in construction
Whatever your job, look after your back.
This page explains this year’s Better Backs campaign 2006 in relation to HSE’s Construction Division.
The size of the problem in Construction
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.
What Construction Inspectors will be doing
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.
- Building blocks
- Panel products eg plasterboard
- Use of lifting aids eg for lintels or drainage products (gully pots/manhole covers and frames)
- Bagged aggregate
Resources to support the campaign
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:
Some examples of good and bad practice
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