Healthy Handling 2005: Lifting and carrying

Manual handling of materials and equipment can cause back injury and muscle strain;


Lifting and carrying

Manual handling can cause serious, long-term disabling musculo-skeletal injuries. Heavy blocks, kerbs, cills and lintels present a particularly high risk

HSE Inspectors will expect to find:

  • manual handling tasks eliminated by design or mechanisation where practicable;
  • safe handling based on assessment of risk from manual handling operations;
  • all workers trained in basic safe manual handling techniques.

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Updated 2021-08-06