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Manual Handling

Lifting of heavy or awkward objects (e.g. ladders, wood, pipes), if not carried out with adequate planning, care and proper techniques, can cause injuries - most commonly back injuries, but also strains, sprains, hernias, wounds and fractures. By following these basic guidelines, and using the equipment provided, injuries of this nature will be prevented.

Summary of responsibilities

Snowik Limited will ensure that:

  • Tasks within their control are assessed to identify the risk areas;
  • Employees who require instruction are adequately trained.
  • Give guidance as necessary and check that the correct procedures are being implemented;

Risk assessment

It is essential that prior to any training, tasks and methods of work are assessed to determine any risk areas so that the appropriate action can be taken to:

  • eliminate the need to lift manually;
  • provide suitable equipment;
  • make arrangements for somebody to help;
  • ensure the right training is provided to the appropriate partners and staff.

Training

It is stressed that training, although necessary in many instances, is the last resort following assessment of the task and any remedial action.

Snowik Limited will ensure that training and instruction in the lifting and moving of objects is provided to employees prior to them undertaking the tasks. No to employee should undertake, or be asked to undertake a lifting task unless they are confident in their ability to do so and have received appropriate training and instruction.

Basic safety tips when moving objects

  • use any equipment provided to ease the strain;
  • get help if there is any doubt about your ability to move the object by yourself;
  • get a good grip to make carrying easier and to protect your fingers and toes;
  • wear gloves to protect against splinters, cuts, scratches and burns;
  • keep hands in the clear - fingers can be crushed when load is put down carelessly;
  • lift with your legs, bending your knees.

Basic safety tips when lifting or lowering

  • Stand on a sturdy ladder or platform, never the top rung;
  • Lift the load in smaller pieces if possible;.
  • If necessary make it a two-persons job (this is often best when lifting or lowering from high places as the exercise is done with weaker arm muscles at that height);
  • Slide the load as close to yourself as possible before lifting;
  • Grip firmly and slide it down, if lowering.
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