Manual Handling Safety Advice

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to take reasonable steps in order to protect your employees from injury when fulfilling their manual handling duties. Luckily we’re here to help!

Here is an excerpt from the HSE website:

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) set no specific requirements such as weight limits.

The ergonomic approach shows clearly that such requirements are based on too simple a view of the problem and may lead to incorrect conclusions. Instead, an ergonomic assessment based on a range of relevant factors is used to determine the risk of injury and point the way to remedial action.

The Regulations establish the following clear hierarchy of control measures:

  1. Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable, for example by redesigning the task to avoid moving the load or by automating or mechanising the process.
  2. Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  3. Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Where possible, you should provide mechanical assistance, for example a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable, look at ways of changing the task, the load and working environment.

Our extensive range of manual handling equipment will help make your employees safer and happier in their manual handling tasks; reducing not only their risk of injury, but also save you money by reducing the time taken to perform tasks and keep your staff at work rather than have them off with injury!

Employees appreciate and employer that takes care of them and provides them with the best tools to do their job. It’s hard to put a price on the loyalty this buys from your staff.

Sack Trucks /Hand Trucks

A sack truck can be used for moving boxed products, water bottles, applicances and white goods safely and easily. A wide range of hand trucks are available depending on the task at hand. A low cost sack truck would be suitable for moving boxed products on a flat, smooth surface. However, if you’re moving more specific products such as white goods, you’re probably better off spending a bit more money and buying an Expresso hand truck or Magliner sack truck which have specialist attachments to make transport easier; including glides for small numbers of steps and inflatable or puncture proof tyres that can cope easily with a bumpy surface. These more expensive hand trucks are often modular to allow individual parts to be replaced as they wear. This can dramatically reduce the product lifetime value.

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