This module will help learners to remain safe by identifying the types of injuries caused by incorrect manual handling procedures and will present methods to incorporate during daily handling duties which help to avoid these unnecessary injuries and incidents.


Watch the following video to learn important information pertaining to injuries caused by incorrect manual handling:


Most Common Areas of Injury

Workplace ill health and injuries cost the UK 15 billion in 2016/17 with £5.2 billion of those costs being from injury. It is important to mention that providing adequate training, PPE, and lifting/moving aids for manual handling is clearly in the employer’s best interest.

The most common manual handling injuries are muscle strains and/or sprains which are due to poor manual handling procedures carried out in the workplace. In addition to these are the following injuries which are of a more serious nature:

  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Lower Limb Muscular Injuries
  • Hernias
  • Internal Injuries
  • Upper Limb Muscular Injuries
  • Bone Breaks and Fractures

Select the following icons on the skeleton below to learn about these more serious injuries that result from poor manual handling practices: