Construction manual handling: Plasterboard installation

Handling and installing plasterboard can present significant risks of developing musculoskeletal problems. This page tells you how to control this risk and why. You also need to be aware of the general information on manual handling.

What you must do

Follow the Assess, Control and Review model. Pay particular attention to the following things:


Identify and assess: Identify tasks involving the lifting and carrying of plasterboard. Pay particular attention to situations where:


Follow the general precautions for manual handling risks. In addition, you should also consider the issues below.


Maintain: Ensure that handling aids and panel positioning equipment is kept in good working order.

Supervise: Check site working practices to ensure that handling aids are being used and procedures are being followed. Keep routes free of obstructions so that trolleys and other aids can be used effectively

What you should know

MSD injuries from handling plasterboard do not usually occur because of a 'one-off' lift. The injuries usually arise from repeated poor lifting practices and posture during the handling and installation of boards.

It is difficult to eliminate all of the lifting and carrying risks associated with installing plasterboard panels. This makes it very important to adopt the correct control strategies.

Updated 2021-12-01