Manual handling – why do we need to take care?

Your health and safety at work is very important. Not just because of any legal requirements either. People, who are happy at work, performing tasks they can properly manage, make for a great workplace.

We all want to work in a great workplace free from injury. Don’t we? So it is critical that we get our manual handling right if we are to have an injury free and happy workplace. We must aim for proper and safe manual handling in all the tasks we do. In other words, let’s do the job right. Shortcuts are not an option!

What do we mean by short cuts?

  • Lifting something that is very heavy because it is quicker
  • Using extreme force in a task because the right tool is not available
  • Not maintaining correct manual handling technique
  • Moving something heavy yourself because the machine that usually does it is broken

Your participation is critical in making sure that manual handling is done right and excellent workplace health and safety is maintained.

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