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.
The HSE has produced examples showing good lifting techniques and the use of different lifting aids for use with sheet material:
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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.