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manual handling trainingDid you know that over 30% of the injuries happen in the workplace?  Injuries can be really damaging to business owners as they will have to compensate for the injuries, have their insurance premiums go up, and will lose the manpower they need to run their business.  That’s why businesses need manual handling training to prevent these kinds of accidents.

It is estimated that work place injury costs around $373 million to businesses in New South Wales alone.  Businesses need to be aware of how workplace injury can affect them.  It may seem like training may be unnecessary for your particular business but you always want to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Here are the top 5 reasons:

The first reason is that you will lose the manpower you need to run your business. When your workers are injured, your business will slow down and somebody will have to work extra hours to make up for the missing person.  The extra hours means that you have to pay for overtime, costing you extra money.  A manual handling course really can make a big difference.

The second reason why manual handling training is important is because of insurance rates.  When workers get injured on the job, the compensation premiums will go up.  This will eat out the profits of your business.  Getting the training will help prevent injuries and therefore reduces your rates.  In order to find out more, you should speak to your insurance company once you have put a training plan in place.

The third reason why you should consider a manual handling course is because of the regulation fines in Australia.  Various states such as New South Wales require that you there are training in place.  If it is found that there was no training, your business could be fined.  On top of worker turnover, this is another cost that you want to avoid.

The fourth reason is that training also improves worker morale.  Training programs encourage teamwork and when your workers know that they you have their best interests at heart, morale will go up.  Workers will also be able to help each other point out mistakes and contribute to the overall well being of the team.

The fifth reason your business needs manual handling training is because your productivity will improve. Employees will be able to transport objects faster and for a longer time if they know how to properly lift, push, carry, hold, or pull objects.  This will improve your investment into your employees.

As you can see, there is simply no reason why you shouldn’t make a manual handling course mandatory for your business.  Aside from avoiding fines and cutting your risk, you are also improving your business functions and protecting your team.  You should talk with a instructor or business that can train your employees for you so you can make it effective as soon as possible.

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