MANUAL HANDLING OF HEAVY LOADS: WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
The risks associated with manual handling of heavy loads are numerous. Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy loads can expose workers to the risk of serious injury.
Professionals involved in manual handling of heavy loads are at risk of injury when lifting and carrying loads, especially when:
- The load is too heavy, difficult to grip or too bulky
- The physical effort required is too intense
- They must bend and twist when handling heavy loads
When an individual picks up objects above shoulder height, their back tends to arch and their arms act as long levers. The load becomes more difficult to control and the risk of injury is significantly increased.