In industry manual Handling Training is a legal requirement, it makes common sense when you consider the risk of injury, back pain being very prevalent amongst the many other injuries. It also cost thousands in compensation and loss of production.
Let me ask you this…
How much training and consideration do you put into what and how you lift at home?
Most people lift better for heavier object, however often it’s the small repetitive movements that accumulate and cause an injury needing treatment.
At home we just lean over and pick up, or drag the couch across the room, I’m sure you can think of many more, we simply get on with it…
Manual handling is one of those things that we do every single day and quite often, because the task is so familiar, we don’t even recognise it. It gets recognition in industry because cost is quite a driving force, and anything that hits the pocket is noticed..
So, how can we help ourselves at home?
Manual handling refers to any task that involves lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or moving heavy objects by hand or bodily force.
You can implement the same ideas at home as you do at work.
The principles of manual handling in industry are designed to reduce the risk of injury to workers and are based on the following key principles:
Assess the load: Before lifting or moving any object, it’s important to assess the weight, size, shape, and the location of the object. This helps to determine the best way to lift or move it without causing harm.
Plan the lift: Once you’ve assessed the load, you should plan the lift to ensure you have a clear path to move the object, and there are no obstructions or tripping hazards that could cause an accident.
Use good posture: To avoid injury, it’s important to use good posture when lifting or moving objects. Keep your back straight and use the strength in your legs to lift and lower the object.
Get a good grip: A good grip on the object will help you maintain control and reduce the risk of dropping it. Use both hands, and keep the load close to your body.
Lift smoothly: When lifting, use a smooth and controlled movement. Avoid jerky or sudden movements, and keep the load close to your body.
Avoid twisting: When lifting or moving objects, try to avoid twisting your body, as this can cause strain on your back and other muscles.
Use mechanical aids: If the load is too heavy to lift or move manually, use mechanical aids such as trolleys, pallet trucks, or hoists to move it safely.
Take breaks: Manual handling can be physically demanding, so it’s important to take regular breaks to rest and recover.
By following these principles, you can reduce the risk of injury when performing manual handling tasks in the workplace or at home.
If you have any questions, require Manual Handling Training or risk assessments drop me a message…
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