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8 Steps to Safer Lifting & Handling

Posted by

Lynne Callister

on 11 Feb 2021  


According to the HSE and NHS, manual handling injuries account for more than a third of all UK work-related illnesses. We have 8 tips to help you avoid injury.

There are 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from work-related illnesses. In 2020, UK businesses lost 32.5 million working days due to work-related illness and workplace injury. There were also 111 fatal injuries to workers.

These statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are staggering - especially when you consider that injury at work is easily preventable.

Manual handling injuries form part of a broader group of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs), including any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. People who work in agriculture, construction, transportation and storage, and those who work in health or social work are most likely to suffer. Read more here;


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