Here at pm Connections we make manual handling assessments easy.

Manual handling comes in many guises – from lifting a cardboard box in the office to moving a crate of bricks on a building site. In both instances, a thorough risk assessment is as equally important and can avoid costly mishaps.

Poor lifting technique can lead to injuries in the workplace, with an estimated nine million days and £2 billion lost a year through musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Those working in trades which are physically demanding are more at risk to MSDs than those in less strenuous roles.


Common workplace injuries include:

  • Muscle strain.
  • Acute strains and sprains.
  • Torn ligaments.
  • Postural strains and sprains.
  • Joint stiffness.
  • Disc strain.
  • Herniated disc.
  • General backache.

These injuries can have huge effects on both the employer and employee.

Introducing manual handling risk assessments into your business’s health and safety policies will help remove some risk factors. pm Connections will spend time on your shop floor, office or building site to ensure we completely understand the exact nature of every task your employees perform on a daily basis. We will then identify those duties that carry significant risks and detail what control measures need to be introduced.

Failure to have an adequate manual handling policy can result in avoidable injuries, fines, business closure or even a prison sentence.

What Is Manual Handling?

It is anything from moving an object – a box, machinery, stock – to lifting, supporting or moving people or animals.

These can be:

  • A push.
  • A pull.
  • Lifting.
  • Moving.
  • Carrying.
  • Handling.

What Is A Manual Handling Risk Assessment?

It is a report that highlights any potential risks in a person’s work routine. From the assessment, we can create clear safety policies, provide relevant training, and communicate sensible working conduct for your workers. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, states the employer has a legal duty to protect the safety, health and welfare of their employees.

An up-to-date manual handling policy will help kept accidents to a minimum.

Who Is Responsible For A Manual Handling Risk Assessment?

The employer is legally responsible for ensuring risk assessments are carried out as stated in the Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992. pm Connections can oversee the assessments, and regularly monitor and review all outcomes to ensure procedures are followed correctly.

Carrying Out A Manual Handling Risk Assessment.

A risk assessment pinpoints any risk employees may encounter while at work. Implementing safety measures can prevent any practices which could cause any potential accidents.

Receive The Best Advice From pm Connections.

Our experts can answer all questions involving manual handling risk assessment to create a safe and productive environment, which focuses on employee’s safety and morale. For more information, please contact 01925 649 818 or complete the form.