Manual handling accidents account for more than 1/3 of all reported at-work accidents, of which 2/3 involve an over-three day injury. The most common injury is to the back and/or spine. The regulations, brought into effect in January 1993 and amended in 2002 are set to give guidance to employers and employees on how best to reduce musculoskeletal incidents at work. If you work in events you should know what's what.
What does it mean?
As with all Health & Safety legislation, this regulation should not be viewed in isolation. There is a general requirement to assess all risks at work. However, manual handling does cause significant numbers of injuries and as such measures should be put in place to help avoid these injuries. It is important to note that any action to reduce manual handling should be ‘reasonably practicable’.
In terms of action points, these are the guidelines from the HSE.