Moving loads by hand is a common enough task in many workplaces, but it is not without risk to those involved. Typical injuries include sprains, strains, cuts and even fractures.
Frequently, the term ‘manual handling’ is used to describe the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or the use of bodily force. This includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads.
The types of loads handled can vary widely. Examples include boxes; bulky or unwieldy furniture (such as chairs, benches etc.); audio visual equipment; people and so on.
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