The Importance of Manual Handling Courses – Surety has got you covered.

No matter what type of business you have, it is likely that your employees will face some manual handling task during their day. If these manual handling tasks are not performed correctly then, this can lead to pain and distress for your employee.


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Injuries resulting from manual handling tasks can also result in disruption in the workplace if they then have to take time off to recuperate.

The workplace may not necessarily be responsible for all manual handling injuries, but it is a place that will be most affected by injuries caused by incorrect manual handling. Incorrect manual handling can cause such things as employee absence from work, employee sickness, employees needing time off for treatment of injuries, and possibly staff working below their expected competency level due to their injury. Employers can also face court cases and potentially fines, which may have a detrimental effect on their reputation and ultimately their business.

Manual handling is widely believed to just cover lifting and carrying of items – but this is not the case. Manual handling also covers pushing, pulling, moving, lowering or restraining objects or persons, using your bodily force to operate a lever or the operation of power tools. Even a task as simple as walking up or down the stairs carrying an object is covered by the term.

Research completed by The Trades Union Congress has shown that Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the most common cause of occupational ill health complaints. The most common MSD’s injury is lower back injuries, which are suffered by 300,000 people a year. The research showed MSDs affect about one million people a year and costs society about £5.7 billion a year. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also completed research that shows that one-third of injuries that take place at work and last for over three days, involve manual handling.

Despite these shocking statistics, it has been shown that one-third of company’s do not provide manual handling training to their employees at the start of their employment. It is vitally important that manual handling training is undertaken at the start of the role and refreshed regularly, so that it becomes more unlikely that incidents will happen.

So, what can you as an employer do to prevent manual handling injuries? Training in the correct procedures for manual handling is vital, and Surety Group can help with that. Surety Group offers a four-hour manual handling course which uses a mixture of videos, practical exercises, educational models and PowerPoint presentations. The Surety Manual Handling Course will equip your employees with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that they approach manual handling tasks correctly.