Manual Handling – Top Tips

Poor manual handling is the cause of many injuries at work resulting in thousands of work days being lost.

If formal manual handling training is out of your reach during these difficult times, then getting your staff to follow these essential lifting steps, will help to minimise the risk of injury.

If you require further information, contact Sensible Safety Solutions Ltd.

                                   ESSENTIAL LIFTING STEPS

  • Wherever possible use a mechanical aid to assist you
  • Get additional help if necessary (don’t risk it)
  • Plan the lift
  • Check the weight of the load
  • Is the route you are planning to travel to free of obstructions?
  • Is the place you are planning to put the load free of obstructions?
  • Stand close to the load
  • Place feet apart so as to establish a wider stability base
  • Bend at the knees
  • Pull the load close to your body
  • Get a firm grip
  • Raise you head, this helps to correctly position your spine
  • Lift smoothly
  • Keep your back straight
  • Let your legs provide the force for lifting
  • Look where you are going
  • Do not twist your upper body when turning, move your feet
  • When depositing the load, once again bend at the knees and
  • keep your back straight


The key to good lifting is to keep the three

curves of your back in their natural position