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Safety Solutions: Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries


Cost: Free to Members and Self-Insured Clients

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Material handling often includes moving items either by lifting, lowering, carrying or pushing/pulling objects many of which employees most likely do on a daily basis.  Lifting objects or manually handling objects puts workers at risk for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) injuries.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC) more than 111,000 such injuries requiring days away from work were recorded in 2017. So what can employers do to prevent them?  A successful approach to reducing and preventing these types of injuries and incidents combines ergonomics, engineering, the work environment and considering human capabilities and limitations. This webinar taught by Trust staff will assist with developing a manual lifting program to prevent lifting injuries.                          

Learning Objectives

  • Define Ergonomics
  • Identify tasks that may cause musculoskeletal disorders
  • How to conduct a Job Hazard Analysis
  • Body mechanics / lifting devices
  • Developing a Safe Lifting Program

Anyone involved with safety including but not limited to; facilities and maintenance, HR, safety committee members, and staff development.

Sandy Adams-Brophy, RN, RS, Senior Loss Control Consultant, Workers’ Compensation Trust