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Keep Safe Lifting a Priority

Lifting and carrying objects is common for many workers across the country, which makes Manual Handling training so important.

If performed incorrectly, lifting and carrying items can lead to injuries.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider:


  • Eliminate manual lifting whenever possible to help reduce injuries.

  • Stay in good physical shape if lifting items is part of your job.

  • Keep materials within easy reach and have handling aids around in case you need them.

  • Make sure you have a good grip on any item you attempt to lift. Test the weight and balance of items before moving them. Too heavy? Get a mechanical lifting aid or ask a colleague to assist you.

  • Keep the item you are lifting close to your body. Ensure your feet are close to the load, stand in a stable position with your feet pointed in the direction you’re moving, and lift mostly by straightening your legs.


  • Twist your back or bend in a sideways direction.

  • Attempt to lift or lower an object if you’re in an awkward position.

  • Feel compelled to lift an item that is too heavy – get help instead.

  • Lift or lower an object if your arms are extended.

  • Continue to lift an item if you realize it’s too heavy.

  • Lift above your shoulders or below your knees.

We offer class based Manual Handling training courses, or online training if you’re unable to spare your staff in a group.

Regular reinforcement of proper lifting techniques is critical, to ensure people don’t revert back to previous bad lifting habits.

If you would like to discuss Manual Handling training, please contact Lyn on 0800 083 6458 or at

Alternatively, visit our website to undertake a free trial of our online Manual Handling course:


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