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  Give yourself a helping hand  - WAH Poster

Give yourself a helping hand - WAH Poster

1 November 2013 Email this article

Manual handling may sound like one of the more innocuous things that goes on in the workplace, but the statistics say otherwise.

 

In 2011/12, they were over 30,663 handling injuries to employees, and these made up almost three in ten of all injury reports. Similarly, one in ten major injuries and almost a third of over 3 day injuries to employees involved handling of some sort.

 

The good news though, is that there are simple steps you can take to avoid injuries when handling, as our latest poster makes clear.

 

Everything from carrying out a thorough risk assessment to making sure staff have the training they need can make a huge difference, as can using PPE such as thumb guards and arm bands.

 

But as the poster makes clear, the wrong sort of PPE can do more harm than good; gloves can pose a serious entanglement risk, and some types of gloves will render you unable to do the job in hand. 

Download the poster here: Work at height safety poster