Moving and handling really matters
An estimated 42,000 construction workers reported suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, which often results in aches, pains and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones. These can have a serious impact on workers’ ability to perform tasks; their quality of life; and in some cases, their ability to stay in work and earn a living. Many can and do suffer from long-term pain and discomfort.
Employers are required to provide their employees with health and safety information and training, including specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and their prevention to enable them to work safely. And construction workers need to recognise the long-term health risks when moving and handling materials on site.
Workers should not have to accept these injuries and potential long-term suffering as an inevitable part of construction work. Make sure you are aware of the risks and know what to do to stay safe.
*Source: LFS annual average, 2019/20-2021/22
HSE BUILDING SITE INSPECTIONS
HSE inspectors will visit construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales in September and October to check that workers’ health is being protected from the risks associated with moving and handling materials. They will look for evidence of employers and workers:
- Knowing the risks.
- Planning their work to eliminate or substitute the risks where possible.
- Using the right controls where elimination or substitution of the risks is not possible.