“ Manual Handling ” means any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain a person, animal or thing .
Manual Handling also includes any activity
involving repetitive and/or forceful movements (e.g. keying data into a computer; using a screwdriver)
and any activity where the person must maintain constrained or awkward postures
Working at arms length from the body is hazardous Using hand tools in awkward posture is hazardous
Bending into storages on the ground is bad for your back Exerting high force above shoulder height increases the risk of injury
Bending and lifting is hazardous for your back Pushing objects in awkward posture is bad for your back
Examples Of Manual Handling Activities Include:
Manual Handling injuries are
the single biggest group of injuries .
More workers receive injuries from Manual Handling than any other category of injury.
Manual Handling injuries affect workers of any age.
Young men, 18-25yrs, most common injury is from lifting or being struck by moving objects.
Manual Handling Injury Stats. Source: Worker’s Compensation Statistical Reports: 1998/99 – 2001/02, 1999/00 – 2002/03 In the period March 2006 to April 2007 there were a total of 105 workplace injuries at Ausdrill out of theses 75 were classed as Manual Handling or 71.5% State Based Stats 93.8 days 4.7 Females 81.0 days 5.6 Males Duration (average no. of days lost) Frequency (no. of lost time injuries per million hours worked)
There is no specified weight limit for an individual lift.
It is up to the individual to assess the weight and decide whether it is safe to lift
Manual Handling Injuries May Result From:
gradual wear and tear caused by frequent or prolonged periods of Manual Handling activity (e.g. a storeperson continually handling stock between deliveries);
sudden damage caused by intense or strenuous Manual Handling or awkward lifts (e.g. A labourer lifting a compactor or a mechanic/engineer lifting heavy metal to be machined
direct trauma caused by unexpected events (e.g. a storeperson walking on uneven ground carrying a large heavy carton, trips and falls, poor housekeeping).
Experience has shown most Manual Handling injuries are associated with day to day tasks.
Very often there is no ‘accident’ (sudden or unexpected event) associated with the injury.
The person may not feel pain until several hours after the injury occurs.
Injuries from Manual Handling
Conditions known as:
RSI repetitive strain disorder
OOS occupational overuse syndrome
Soft tissue damage injuries, strains & sprains,
MSD muscular-skeletal-disorder. Damage to soft or bony material.
See thru view of lumber back pain
Manual Handling Injuries Occur In Many Areas Of The Body
Common Injury Site Is The Spine Picture showing spine and different areas The most common site of injury in the spine is the lower back between L4/5 and L5/S1.