Manual handling: review the risks

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

It is estimated that just over half the cost of employers¹ liability claims in social services departments result from manual handling and lifting injuries, according to Zurich Municipal, the public sector risk management consultant. In the light of figures estimating that 9.9 million working days are lost as a result of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, Zurich Municipal is encouraging social services employers and employees to review the risks associated with activities such as lifting elderly or disabled people either in care homes or in their own homes, pushing and manoeuvring service users in wheelchairs or lifting items in restricted spaces. More than a third of all “over-three-day” injuries reported each year to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities are caused by manual handling. The large number of claims for injuries is putting pressure on local authorities to ensure the correct training, equipment and procedures are in place. For example, one case refers to a care assista

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