Lifting and handling aids This is a web- friendly version of leaflet INDG398( rev1), published 10/ 13 Frequent and heavy lifting and handling can cause back injuries. The name of two tasks that you do which involve manual handling are lifting heavy boxes off the floor and pushing a trolley or cart. Manual handling involves lifting or moving heavy loads.
As you carry the load, change direction with your feet, not by twisting your body. Mechanical Lifting Aids. Manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries.What manual and mechanical lifting and moving aids are available? What manual and mechanical lifting aids are available. These include work- related musculoskeletal disorders ( MSDs) such as pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts. The term manual handling covers a wide variety of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying. Don' t turn or twist while lifting! Do you think life would be better if there was an instruction manual?
Twisting and lifting at the same time can overload your spine and lead to serious injury. But using lifting and handling aids can remove or reduce that risk and keep workers healthy and at work.