Definition of Manual Handling
Manual handling is any work process that requires:
Each year many construction workers suffer injuries caused through manual handling techniques including strains, sprains, ligament and joint injuries and back injuries.
These cause unnecessary pain and hardship to workers and their families and cost the industry around $100 million a year per State. Most of the injuries suffered affect the shoulders, hands, back and knees.
When lifting do not:
- Lift too far out from the body
- Perform jerky lifts
- Perform heavy lifts
- Twist when lifting
- Continue frequent lifting
- Over stretch
Do not try and lift heavy or awkward loads on your own. Get help from someone else or use mechanical aids to help you. When lifting with two people, they should be of similar height and one of the two should be in charge of the lift.
When mechanical aids cannot be used, you should use correct manual handling practices:
- Proper lifting
- Plan your lift
- Use a wide, balance stance
- Get as close as possible to the load
- While lifting, keep your lower back in its normal alignment. Use your leg muscles to assist the lift
- Pick up your feet to pivot and turn. Do not twist straight around. Move your feet as you go.
- Lower the load, maintaining the normal alignment of your back, again using your legs.
- Ensure a solid contact when lifting. Use your entire palm, not just your fingers.
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