Manual handling

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when doing potentially hazardous tasks by hand. A manual handling task may be hazardous if it requires significant force, repetitive effort, a sustained/awkward posture or continuous vibration.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

Worker must be physically capable of completing the manual task being asked of him/her

What equipment do you need?

  • Boots
  • Gloves (if appropriate to task)
  • Any equipment that may safely and practically assist the worker to complete the task.

General Procedure

  • Do not lift objects that are too big or heavy for you.
  • Use good technique when lifting (i.e. use legs, not back).
  • Break loads down into smaller sizes if possible.
  • Request assistance if needed.
  • When doing repetitive work, change tasks around or take regular breaks to give muscles a rest.
  • Use a machine or equipment for the task if practical and safe to do so.

What are the risks?

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Serious back injuries
  • Acute injuries (cuts, broken bones, sprains, etc.)

Find out more

WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Preventing manual handling injuries on farms”.

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