Manual handling has been around for thousands of years; while we may not have any statistics of fatalities suffered while building the pyramids, we do have statistics of modern age workplace injuries involving manual handling. Manual handling is basically any work that requires an individual to use their own body to lift, push, carry, or throw physical object, it can also include repetitive actions like typing, cleaning, or packing. While simple repetitive tasks can pose a lot of damage to individuals, they are usually not the main type of tasks that can cause individuals to lose their lives or limbs. It’s the handling and transportation of heavy objects without the right equipment that can be hazardous to the point of causing death. We’ll briefly help demonstrate why the right equipment and training in manual handling can end up saving lives.

Proper Training Helps Reduce Mistakes

Giving the correct training helps avoid mistakes that can be fatal either because of manual handling directly or due to the operation of machinery that is supposed to make manual handling safer. Even though machinery and equipment are there to provide safety measures and reduce injury, the incorrect use of such machinery can cause tragic incidents of life loss. Manual handling training should provide workers with the knowledge that can aid them in reducing the rate of injuries and even fatalities. The number of botched manual handling operations that unnecessarily claimed lives because of lack of knowledge makes proper training an essential tool.

Better Being Safe than Sorry

Protective personal equipment is a fail-safe that helps avoid serious injuries if any errors in manual handling occur. They include gloves, specialized breathing masks, safety boots, helmets, and even chemical bodysuits. Someone using paint to decorate the walls of work may not need a special breathing apparatus, but a painter painting an industrial tank using highly-toxic chemicals must use breathing equipment or else his life will be in danger. Fumes of lead-based paint need to be filtered at all times with special breathing equipment and gloves are also used to prevent any skin damage from being in contact with the paint.

Using Suitable Machinery

Most manual handling is done in construction operations, especially lifting objects. Lifting and lowering loads is the most common form of manual handling, whether it’s lifting people, objects, or machines. There is no shortage of equipment used in lifting in the construction industry; hoists, different types of cranes, power shovel, and forklift trucks. It’s very important that these machines are provided, each used for its appropriate purpose to reduce any risks of manual handling.

Technology is sure helping in reducing the risks associated with manual handling every day, but the risk will never reach 0. This is why it’s extremely important for all sites that operate using manual handling to always have the right and appropriate equipment to avoid tragic incidents. Training workers on how to use machinery, personal protective equipment, and correct posture can save a lot of lives in the workplace.

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