Manual Handling, Slips Trips & Falls

Manual Handling

Manual handling injuries account for approximately one third of all reported non-fatal injuries.

  • See the HSA website on Manual Handling, including the case studies and videos
  • Eliminate the need for lifting as much as possible
  • Training courses provide training on lifting techniques
  • If you do need to lift
  • assess the load
  • assess your capacity to lift
  • assess the work environment

Slips, Trips & Falls (on the same level)

Slips, trips and falls account for approximately one fifth of all reported non-fatal injuries.

Wellington boots may be slip resistant dependent upon their condition, the walking surface and the contamination. The slip resistance of footwear should be determined by the employer/ farmer.

  • Footwear must be appropriate to the walking surface and likely contamination of the working area
  • Footwear with a softer sole and close-packed tread pattern works well with fluid contaminants and indoor environments
  • A more open pattern works better outdoors or with solid contaminants
  • In snow/ icy conditions, specialist footwear with ice grippers may be required
  • Footwear should be trialled in the workplace where it's to be used
  • Footwear and the walking surface must be kept clean
  • Check the soles of footwear regularly to see that they are in good condition, clean and free from accumulations
Wet floor sign