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Manual Handling

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To enable course members to:

  • state the six principles behind safe manual handling of loads
  • lift, carry and lower all heavy loads within their personal capacity
  • state the parts of the body which are at risk of injury when lifting incorrectly
  • list the techniques that can be applied to the manual handling of loads
  • suggest ways in which tasks involving the lifting and moving of heavy loads can be achieved safely and with minimum effort
  • observe the improvements made in their manual handling skills

Who is the course for?
All young people and established workers undertaking tasks involving the manual handling of loads.

One day - 6 hours
Alternatively LTG also offers a half day
Principles of Manual Handling Course

Instructor/Trainee Ratio
1:10 Min: 1:4

Course Content

Lifting tasks and observation
Analysis of video
Application of principles
Spinal injuries
Solving handling problems
Identifying training needs
Advanced techniques
Measuring effectiveness
Conclusions and action plans

Equipment and Venue Requirements
Warm, well lit room with sufficient seating, power point(s), suitable area for practical exercises, OHP and screen, Flipboard & paper, washroom & toilet facilities nearby
Trainees: boilersuit, gloves, protective footwear

Examples of typical items to practice safe lifting: some suggestions are listed below:-
e.g.25kg and 50kg sack
25ltr and 40ltr drums (filled)
200 litre drums, 1 filled & 1 empty
Extending ladder, 4 mtr beam
2.5mtr gatepost/2mtr log
4 buckets, lifting stick
4 concrete blocks, 2 pitchforks
2 straw bales, large calor gas
cylinder, axe, pick-axe, sledgehammer, tractor with front weights, tractor and trailed PTO driven machine, shovels (1 long and 1 short handled), wheelbarrow loaded with sharp sand.

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