The Risks Associated With the Lifting & Handling

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The Risks Associated With the Lifting & Handling

Lifting, handling, or the carrying objects at work can result in the musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), including the sprains and strains and the other injuries.

The risk of the injury increases when bending, twisting, massive loads, and uncomfortable postures are involved. The Effective ergonomic controls can reduce the risk & prevent injuries.

The Risks

Injuries from the lifting and handling of loads can happen in many of the occupations. Workers are exposed to the risk when they lift, lower, or take or carry objects.

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The Risk Factors Include:-

  • The weight of the load;
  • How the load is to the body of the employees or workers. A load or weight
    lifted far from the body commands or force more stress on the back than the equivalent load lifted close to the body of the employees or workers.
  • The size and the shape of the load;
  • The distance from the load has to be carried;
  • The initial height of the load or weight and the vertical distance lifted;
  • Lifting in combination with the twisting;
  • How long the load/weight has to be carried;
  • The number and the frequency of lifts done;

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How to reduce the risks

When choosing the suitable risk controls, the employer must consult with the mutual health and safety committee or the worker health and safety spokesperson or representatives. Be sure to test the risk control before thoroughly performing to make it work within your company. To help identify potential risk controls, analyse the following questions:

Engineering controls

Making physical modifications to facilities, equipment and processes can reduce exposure. Some questions to consider:

Can mechanical lifting ads such as the hoists, pallet jacks, carts, or conveyors be used instead of the manual material handling?

Can the load be lifted within the scope of the knee to waist height?

Can the perpendicular distance the load has to be lifted or lowered be reduced? Options comprise limiting shelf height & raising the worker.

Can stoop or twisted positions be bypassed by providing the open workspace, or arranging the workspace differently?

Can the size of load be made smaller? The Options include ordering smaller containers or having the workers make two trips with the more minor loads rather than the one trip with the heavy load.

Can carrying distance be shortened or decreased by changing the workflow?

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Administrative controls

Changing the work practices and work policies, and the training workers in the proper lifting and handling procedures or techniques can limit the risk of MSIs. Some of the questions to consider:

Can task design be changed? For example, switching a carrying task to a pushing or pulling the task or work job.

Can the workers be given time to the rest or recover when the lifting or the handling loads?

Can work demands and work pace be balanced more effectively
Can the tasks be varied?

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