Sprains and Strains - Manual Handling

Manual handling means the use of force by a person to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise restrain any object. It is more than just lifting or carrying something. Manual handling includes pulling a lever, restraining an animal or using a tool or instrument, even working at a computer!
Injuries due to manual handling, sprains and strains, are the most common injuries suffered by workers across all workplaces, and in all industries. They are also are responsible for 55 per cent of all WorkCover claims, and 70 per cent of claims over 1 year's length. Ergonomics and manual handling were the top hazards identified by health and safety reps in the national ACTU survey done in September 2001. This is despite the fact that Victoria has had regulations and a code of practice for manual handling for over 14 years.

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Back braces and lifting belts
Sometimes doctors or other qualified people prescribe these to assist people recovering from injury. However, there is no evidence that these devices prevent injury. The...
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Backaches - what can be done to prevent them?
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General Information on Sprains and strains
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Job rotation - what is it, and can it be useful?
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Sprains and Strains - more information
There is a lot of material available on Sprains and strains.  Here are just a few resources you might find useful: Part 3.1 - Manual...
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Weight limits - what are the legal limits for lifting?
The short answer to this is "There aren't any" - Part 3.1 (Hazardous Manual Handling) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (2017) does not...
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Workstations and seating
There is no regulation that specifically addresses workstations and seating.  However, under s21 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act, the employer has a...
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