Woodworking - Manual handling

What you need to know

Many of the injuries in the woodworking and furniture industry are caused during manual handling activities. There is potential for injury present during:

  • handling of timber and board material
  • machining and assembly
  • handling and storage of the finished product, for example roof trusses

Lifting and handling aids can significantly reduce the risk of injury.

What you need to do

Manual handling assessment chart

HSE has developed the manual handling assessment chart (MAC) to help employers assess manual handling operations. Employers need to identify high-risk operations before deciding on the most appropriate control solutions.

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Updated 2021-07-06