Manual Handling, Slips Trips & Falls
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