Hazardous manual handling - Is the work safe? Do I feel safe?
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Text on screen: Is the work safe? Do I feel safe?
Text on screen: Hazardous manual handling
Text on screen: Some time ago
Some time ago, a worker thinks
Gee this job is hard work.
Text on screen: Some time later
Some time later, the worker says to his manager:
I've got a bit of an issue with the work here. It's hard on my back.
In this case, he's feeling a niggle in his back from repeatedly picking up boxes,
but let's imagine it could be anything that involves manual handling:
A power tool shaking excessively.
Even a chair that's uncomfortable to sit in.
The list goes on...
The manager says to the worker.
You'll be right, a bit of hard work never hurt anyone.
This dismissal seems innocent enough, but this approach by employers is far more dangerous than it appears.
Fast forward and we see why.
In fact, over 40% of workers compensation claims are related to manual handling.
Let's go back.
Manager recognises that there's an issue and acts.
The manager says:
I know this job can be difficult.
Is there a way we could set this up differently, so it's easier for everyone?
Shifting our approach here, will lead to fewer injuries and claims, positive health outcomes and fewer return to work barriers.
It all makes sense to your bottom line.
Text on screen: It's about working together
It's about working together
Text on screen: to make good decisions.
to make good decisions.
Text on screen: Creating safe work
Creating safe work
Text on screen: and work where people feel safe.
and work where people feel safe.
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