REDUCING THE RISKS TO YOUR HEALTH WHEN MOVING AND HANDLING MATERIALS
Construction work, by its very nature, involves lifting, carrying and handling activities that can cause serious injuries if not managed effectively. Injury, aches and pain in the muscles and joints are referred to as musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs). Do not accept these injuries as an inevitable part of your work.
These injuries can lead to immediate, reoccurring or long-term pain or discomfort that can negatively impact:
- Your ability to do tasks at work and in some cases you ability to continue working and earning a living
- Your quality of life
- Your home life and ability to do activities that you want to such as lifting your children or hobbies
- Your sleep, mental health and wellbeing.
There is a legal duty for employers to prevent or adequately control worker exposure to the risk of ill health, this includes MSDs. Your employer should reduce the risks of moving and handling materials by good design and planning. Where this is not entirely possible, sensible measures to control the risks, such as lifting aids and equipment, should be put in place by your employer .