Manual Handling in Construction
Manual handling is any task that involves a person moving any object from one position to another, using some kind of physical effort – which includes lifting, putting down, pulling, carrying, or pushing, by hand or bodily force.
Even the smallest movement can be classed as manual handling. It’s not just about lifting big heavy objects. Everyone does it!
And manual handling is the main work activity causing musculoskeletal disorders, accounting for over a third of all working days lost due to work-related ill health.
It's important that everyone knows how to lift safely to avoid back, neck and shoulder pain and to avoid handling accidents.
This training course explains effective lifting techniques, as well as how to prepare for a lift, how your body works during lifting and how injuries can occur when it is done incorrectly.
It includes excellent guides to lifting from the floor, lifting from waist height, lifting from head height and team lifts. It also follows The Manual Handling Operations Regulations.
Who is our Manual Handling Training for?
Our Manual Handling training is for all levels of staff that undertake manual handling operations. Construction and building site workers will undertake more manual handling operations than most due to transporting loads by lifting, pushing, carrying, pulling or putting down.
What are the consequences of poor manual handling?
If manual handling is not carried out properly it can have significant consequences on your health, particularly if you carry out manual handling operations regularly.
Poor manual handling can result in musculoskeletal disorders, symptoms of which include:
- Pains that can either be localised or widespread
- Dull aches
- Restricted movement
- Twitching or burning sensations in muscles
The most common places for musculoskeletal disorders to occur are in the neck and in the upper / lower back.
As a result of musculoskeletal disorders, people can also experience bouts of depression and other mental health issues.
Why is training required?
Manual Handling Training is required to ensure that bad manual handling practises are avoided and injuries are prevented. Bad manual handling habits are naturally picked up by most people and many people do not realise that they way they are lifting and moving objects is wrong and can adversely affect their health.