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This month’s health & safety theme is ‘manual handling’. Manual handling may be a factor in any task that requires pushing, pulling, lifting or putting down a heavy load where the load has the propensity to cause damage or risk.
You might ask yourself ‘why does manual handling result in a risk of injury or ill health?’ And the answer is simple, a lot of the problems that cause back pain are a result of injury/damage to a disc. Bending over to lift heavy objects results in pressure on the discs. Twisting and bending together puts the greatest stress on the spine, especially on the discs, hence why it is so important to be fully trained in manual handling.
Check out the HSA tips for manual handling below:
For more information visit www.hsa.ie