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【Workplace News 】Risk at Work - Manual handling

2020/08/13 WOODEVER

Manual handling injuries can have serious implications for the employer and the company. They can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetitive movements of arms, legs and back or previous/existing injury can increase the risk. Read more to understand how to prevent injuries occur in your workplace.

What is manual handling? 

Manual handling covers a wide range of activities including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and carrying. If these task are doing repeatedly or for a long time, they can cause fatigue and injury. These tasks often use in the industry of logistic, farming, cleaning, assembling, cleaning, sorting, storing and manufacturing. Due to repetitive handling and improper posture cause work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as know as manual handling injuries, material handling injuries or workplace handling injuries. The symptom cause pain to arms, legs, joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts.
The main risk factors, or conditions, associated with the development of injuries in manual material handling tasks include:
  • Repetitive motions
  • Forceful exertions
  • Awkward postures
  • Lack of rest
Besides, poor environmental conditions, such as extreme heat, cold, noise, and poor lighting, may increase workers’ chances of developing other types of problems.
Good posture and lifting techniques can help reduce the risks, but research indicates that making changes to workplace design and getting the right tools are the most effective way to prevent manual handling injury.

Manual Handling Claim in Worldwide

Manual handling injury account large percentage of workplace injuries in global. Even in developed country still has a high percentage of work injuries and claims, If you are in the following high-risk occupations and industries, please pay attention to your workplace safety.
According to latest work-related musculoskeletal disorder statistics (WRMSDs) in Great Britain, 2019, the total number of WRMSDs cases in 2018/19 was 498,000 out of a total of 1,354,000 for all work-related illnesses, occupied 37% of the total cases over a third of all workplace injuries.
The industries with the highest rates of WRMSDs are listed below. These industries had rates significantly higher than the all industry rate :
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Construction
  • Human Health and social work activities
Australian Workers Compensation Report for 2017-18 (Safe Work Australia) shows there were 107,335 serious work claims. Injury and musculoskeletal disorders 88% of total claims, 40% were injuries caused by manual handling. Laborer, community and personal service worker and machinery operators and drivers are top three jobs with highest claim rates. The industries with the highest number of work claim are listed below:
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing.
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport, postal and warehousing.

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Experience has shown most musculoskeletal disorders are associated with day to day tasks. Less sudden cases associated with the injury. The person may not feel pain until several hours after the injury occurs. Getting the right tools for daily work to create a safe environment not only prevent injuries happened cause extra spending also increases work efficiency. We can provide expert handling consult according to your project, if you are interested in our industrial handling tools to grow your business,  please kindly contact us to leave your information. We will have our specialist contact you accordingly. If you'd like to receive the latest industry trends and information from WOODEVER, please <Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter>Thank you.

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