For more information on Manual handling click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Manual handling means more than simply lifting or carrying something. The term is used to describe activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining an object, animal or person. It also covers activities that require the use of force or effort such as pulling a lever or operating power tools.

Over 30 per cent of all accidents reported to the HSE are connected with manual handling. Every year 300,000 people are forced to endure the agony of back pain resulting from a manual handling incident.

Manual handling injuries mostly affect the back, but can also cause severe problems to the limbs, muscles, tendons and the heart and because these injuries tend to take longer to heal they have a more profound effect on longer term health.

There are strict laws designed to ensure that employers take action to prevent injury as a result of manual handling. Employers should have a written policy as part of their overall safety policy. The main law is the Manual Handling Regulations 1992.


The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

HSE manual handling pages

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