Manual Material Handing
Manual materials handling includes lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, dragging and supporting objects. The injuries caused by such work are referred to as musculoskeletal injuries or MSI’s. The key important factors of manual handling are mentioned below to reduce the risks associated with the manual handling.
Why is it important?
· The Muscular-skeletal system of the body is designed for movement.
· In order to lift and handle an object safely it is essential to have a knowledge of the spinal system and its flexibility.
Symptoms of improper manual handling
- Back or neck pain
- Pain in wrists or shoulder or arms
- Stabbing pains in arms or legs
- Painful joints
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Weakness or clumsiness
- Burning sensations
Do’s and Don’ts
A load may be hazardous because of: weight, size, shape (making it awkward to handle), slippery or damaged surfaces, absent or inappropriate handles and imbalance. So, utmost care should be taken and exercise the recommended practice of manual material handling and use appropriate PPE’s to avoid the injuries.