Manual material handling is the process of moving or supporting an object by physical force. Pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying are all examples of manual handling tasks. These tasks can be found in every workplace, whether you are in an office, on a construction project, a ranch or anywhere in between.
Manual Material Handling poses several risks to employees. Strains and sprains are commonly reported by employees who perform manual handling tasks. Backs, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, necks: they are all body parts threatened by manual handling tasks. The contributing factors for these risks vary, but include the weight, size, shape and stability of the object; frequency and distance of the move; and the body mechanics and overall health of the employee. Understanding the risk factors in your workplace from manual handling tasks is the first step in controlling these injuries.