Awards More Progress Needed Handling Injuries

Penny Hydraulics’ sales director, Richard Short, examines how commercial vehicles can assist reduce the amount of injuries caused by manual handling in the UK.

The incidence of accidents and injuries connected to manual handling continue at frightening levels. Over 36,000 workers had a reportable injury as a result of manual handling, according to the most recent official statistics issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) late last year.

Most of the injuries were caused by lifting or putting down objects, although another 19% were caused by undefined handling, lifting or carrying. Data shows a significant decline over the last decade for all injuries classified as serious or leading to more than three days off work.

Despite the good news, the findings show that companies might still do more to limit or eliminate the dangers of manual handling in the workplace… However, if this isn’t feasible, a mechanical help like a cargo lift or vehicle-mounted crane or platform lift can sometimes be the next best thing to eliminating the need for manual handling altogether.

A total of 36,244 accidents involving manual handling were reported to the HSE in the year ending April 2011 under the Regulations on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences (RI DDOR).

Of these, 10,063 were assigned to lifting or putting down, 6,128 to pulling, 1,544 to carrying and 7,221 to nonspecific handling, lifting or carrying. Manual handling continues to be the single highest cause of all reported injuries in the workplace (36,244 out of 117,640 cases, or 30.8 percent ). (36,244 out of 117,640 cases, or 30.8 percent ). The HSE also reports roughly 158,000 new cases of musculoskeletal illnesses, which includes those caused by manual handling, based on official statistics compiled from a number of sources. Each injury took 7.2 days off work on average.

The results reveal that accidents leading to death, serious injury or a work absence of more than three days reduced from 52,198 in the year ending April 2002 to 36,224 in the year ending April 2011. This indicates a decline of 30.6 per cent over the same period.

Providing employees with the tools and equipment they need to execute their jobs safely, efficiently, and productively is still the responsibility of the employer. There is a wide range of low-cost, simple equipment available, such as the Penny Hydraulics crane and tail lift range for commercial vehicles and freight lifts.

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A large range of lifting and load-handling equipment is designed, manufactured, and serviced by Penny Hydraulics (www.pennhydraulics.com). Products include the Swing Lift line of cranes for usage in vans, pick-ups and drop-sides and the Step Lift, Load Lift and Tail Lift lifting platform ranges.

The Mezz Lift and Cellar Lift line of goods lifts and specialised equipment for the mining and nuclear industries are also produced by the company. All goods are designed and manufactured by the company in the UK.

Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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