Manual handling is any activity that requires force to • Lift • Push • Pull • Carry • Move • Restrain How many of these actions does your job involve? The cost and devastation of manual handling injuries outweighs the total of all other workplace accidents and injuries combined Discuss: How would/could a manual handling accident impact on your life It is up to EVERYONE in the workplace to: identify the risks and then suggest ways to minimise the risks If a manual handling accident does occur we must ask ourselves: What did happen? What measures can we put in place to prevent a recurrence? Don’t forget the most important rule of lifting, “Do I really need to lift this?” Can I lift it with a mechanical aid? Can I get someone to help me lift? Can I change the way the work is done? Our everyday lives involve some type of manual handling. What new habits can you start today? Are you performing your tasks the safest way possible?