Manual handling is a common task in many workplaces across the UK. However, poor manual handling techniques can lead to injuries and musculoskeletal disorders, which can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of employees.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, manual handling is the cause of around 20% of all workplace injuries in the UK. These injuries can include musculoskeletal disorders, sprains, strains, and fractures, which can result in significant pain and discomfort for employees.
The most common types of injuries caused by poor manual handling in the workplace are musculoskeletal disorders, which include injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, and upper limbs. These types of injuries are often caused by lifting heavy objects, repetitive motions, and awkward postures. They can lead to long-term health problems, which can have a significant impact on an employee’s quality of life and ability to work.
The HSE also reports that in 2019/2020, there were 21,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). These cases resulted in an average of 17 days off work per employee, which can have a significant impact on businesses and the wider economy.