Manual handling occurs ‘when a person is supporting or transporting a load by hand or by using bodily force’.
The HSE (GB) estimates that 8.9 Million working days were lost due to these MSK disorders.
As you can see, this is a significant and avoidable cost to both individuals and businesses.
In Ireland, Manual handling injuries are the most common workplace injury (see image), with over 30% physical injuries relating to the back, arm or shoulders.
For GB, in the 2020/21 business year, there were approximately 470,000 (yes, ~0.5 Million!) work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorder cases. 81% of these were related to the upper limbs, neck or back.
The stark figures above are the reason why manual handling training is important for businesses.
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