Many organisations may not see manual handling as high risk. However, in the UK it is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Ensuring employees understand the importance of safe manual handling techniques can be the difference between a productive day in the office or being off work for a week with a bad back.
Ensuring employees are safe at work should be a priority for employers in every industry and manual handling training is an integral part of the safe running of many businesses. Below are our 5 reasons why employers should be investing in manual handling training:
According to HSE statistics there were over 600,000 injuries in the workplace in 2016 and 20% of these were due to incorrectly handling, lifting or moving. Through training employees will learn how to operate safely when handling objects at work and reduce the chances of being injured.
In the UK over 30 million work days were lost due to workplace injury. Fewer injuries will equal less sick days being taken and higher productivity from your employees.
Workplace injuries cost the UK economy £14bn in 2016, when an employee is injured they may be rewarded with compensation. Ensuring employees work safely and reducing injuries can save your organisation money.
When employees feel as though they are part of the solution to a problem they are more likely to take responsibility for their actions and abide by safety precautions which will in turn reduce the risk of injury and educate other employees.
Through training you can ensure your organisation complies with regulations such as the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 as well as the requirement in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks.
We have created a short video to demonstrate the basics of Manual Handling. For more information on our full course please visit our website’s training page here