Manual Handing Accidents
Employers have a responsibility to ensure all employees avoid undertaking manual handling operations which involve a risk of injury in the workplace. This can be in the office, warehouse, café, restaurant, gymnasium and a variety of other work environments.
Where there is the risk of injury, employers should take all reasonable steps to ensure manual handling operations are conducted with measures to reduce the risk by providing devices which assist with lifting. They should also correctly risk assess the task that the employee has to carry out and ensure that the correct training has been completed.
To Avoid Manual Handling Injuries Employers Should Ensure:
What safety measures should be in place for employees required to manually handle in the workplace?
It is important for employers to ensure that facilities are up to date with the latest ideas and technology to tackle workplace accidents. This is essential in a work environmentwhere physical lifting and manually handling is required.
Your employer has a 'duty of care' to make sure, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you're at work. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards.
They have to appoint a 'competent person' with health and safety responsibilities usually one of the owners in smaller firms, or a member of staff trained in health and safety.
For businesses employing five or more people, there must also be:
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