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Manual handling - Injury Statistics

 

Over 30% of food and drink industry injuries reported to HSE are manual handling injuries such as back injuries, this represents around 1700 acute injuries per year. Manual handling injuries are caused by handling and lifting -60% of the injuries involve lifting heavy objects. Main causes of injury In the food and drink industries, most musculoskeletal injuries[1] arise from just 5 causes: stacking/unstacking containers (such as boxes, crates and sacks) pushing wheeled racks (such as oven racks and trolleys of produce) handling drinks containers (such as delivery of casks, kegs and crates). packing products (such as cheese, confectionery and biscuits) cutting, boning, jointing, trussing and evisceration (such as meat and poultry) These are key tasks to which attention should be paid when carrying out risk assessments. Managing the risk Identify which tasks present a serious risk of acute injury (e.g.from heavy lifting or repetitive lifting) Assess these tasks in detail to decide what factors lead to the risk Introduce mechanisation where this is reasonably practicable, e.g.powered trucks, conveyors, vacuum lifters, bulk handling or automation Where mechanisation is not possible, introduce measures to prevent injury, e.g.reduce weights of sacks/boxes to 25kg or below, improve ergonomic design of work stations and work areas, job rotation, training, medical surveillance, job transfer Consult fully with trade union safety representatives or other employee representatives and workers to ensure effective and workable solutions to problems.

 
News Date :
18-Feb-2010