Lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling

It’s really important to look after those involved in manual handling. Manual handling was the second biggest cause of all non-fatal workplace accidents in 2016/7. Are you doing enough to protect your staff and avoid accidents happening?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are there to protect the wellbeing of employees and reduce the number of incidents occurring. The Regulations require:

  • employers to eliminate the risk of injury by avoiding manual handling where possible
  • if the risk can’t be eliminated, then a systematic assessment of manual handling activities must be carried out
  • action to reduce risks to the lowest level reasonably practicable. 

As a first step, employers need to understand the risk of injury from manual handling. If there’s no evidence found, no further action will be necessary. However, where the initial judgement identifies a risk of injury, and that manual handling task can’t be avoided, a more detailed assessment will be needed. Assessments must be reviewed regularly and kept up to date. 

The HSE provides detailed guidance on all aspects of manual handling and manual handling risk assessment on their website HSE's Musculoskeletal Disorders Guidance.

More support on manual handling

At Aviva, we’re working with dorsaVi, a leading wearable sensor technology company. Their workplace solutions provide accurate measurement of movement and muscle activity in real time and real environments. This allows you to take your risk assessment of manual handling activities, or office working to the next level. For more information on their product range please visit their website.

If you’d like more information or assistance, please have a look at our risk management brochure, visit Aviva Risk Management Solutions or contact us at



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