Manual Handling Injuries: Employer’s Duties
An employer has a duty to provide proper and adequate training to ensure that you are aware of the proper way to lift, carry, put down, push and pull any load you are moving or supporting.
Employers also have a duty to ensure that the system of work being used is safe and that the workplace is safe and suitable for the task being carried out.
What steps must an employer take to avoid manual handling and lifting injuries at work?
- Avoid hazardous manual handling tasks so far as is reasonably practicable
- Carry out a proper risk assessment of any hazardous manual handling task that cannot be avoided.
- Reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable.
- For example, where possible, your employer should provide mechanical assistance such as a mechanical lift, trolley or hoist. Where it is not appropriate to provide mechanical assistance the employer should look at ways of reducing the risk of injury by changing the task, the load and / or the working environment.
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