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Manual handling: are you lifting safely?

It is estimated that about 38% of all accidents in the workplace involve some form of manual handling activity, so are you lifting correctly?

First of all if you have to carry out any manual handling activity at work, you should be trained on it, and there should also be a risk assessment.

In the meantime, these safe lifting principles may help you:


  • Is there any handling equipment available that can be used?

  • Do you have to lift it?

  • Can you lift it alone and safely?


  • Is the load light enough for you to lift it?

  • Is it stable?

  • Is it dangerous?

  • Does it have any sharp or protruding edges?

  • Will it block your vision?

  • Where is the best place to hold it?

  • Have you got the right footwear?

  • Are gloves required?

  • Is the route you are carrying it clear?


  • Position your feet close to and facing the load