We are the manual handling risk experts
Australian Risk Services is a highly qualified team of risk and safety consultant and auditors who can deliver a comprehensive range of safety and risk management services related to manual handling in the workplace.
Manual handling covers a wide range of activities including pushing, lifting, holding,pulling, throwing and carrying. It includes repetitive tasks such as typing, packing, assembling, cleaning and sorting, using hand-tools or operating machinery and equipment. Because most jobs involve some form of manual handling, most workers are at risk!
Why is manual handling a real problem?
Manual handling injuries account for approximately 35% of all accidents reported to the WorkCover each year, and nearly 49% of these injuries occurred when the person was lifting or carrying a load.
Musculoskeletal injuries at work are a massive drain on the resources of an employer, including costs such as sick pay, lost productivity, retraining, legal fees and injury benefit. This is a significant opportunity for cost reduction, since they are manageable and preventable!
A study of legal cases concerning injury due to manual handling identified the following key failures:
- • No risk assessment of work activities
- • Lack of safe system of work plans
- • Mechanical aids were not provided and maintained
- • Adequate training was not provided
- • No evidence of work supervision