Manual handling. A pain in the ***!

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.

Could today be a Fine day?

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From April 2010, the fine for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) increased to £500,000 and consideration is being given to custodial sentences in the future. An event management role means handling personal data (and sometimes sensitive personal data) and those that do so should be very aware of their responsibilities.

How it may affect you.

So what is a serious breach? The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) helpfully shares some examples.

Having studied their examples, it is clear that those that work within event management could easily be involved in a `serious’ breach even if by accident. An unintentional breach or failure through lack of knowledge or understanding would not be considered a mitigating circumstance.

Three examples of a `serious breach’:

What's the worst that can happen?

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We are often asked what the worst case scenario is when planning events. Many people see event problems as being logistical or planning. Badges missing, awful food, a/v breaks down. Problematical, yes. But not devastating. Serious injury or death. That is devastating.

There are three companies from Gloucestershire due to go to court because a man died from electrocution whilst working on a marquee. The inquest jury concluded that he died “as a direct result of a succession of failures”. The businesses involved must now answer for their actions, or to be more accurate, for their 'inaction'.

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