Manual handling

Manual handling related injuries result in the majority of work related injury claims for the University.

Many work-related injuries result from lifting, twisting and movement of objects. The risk of injury is increased significantly when such objects are:

  • awkward to carry
  • large and heavy
  • to be positioned or retrieved from a confined area
  • in such a position that repetitive movement or twisting is required
  • positioned either too low or too high on shelves to manage easily.

For an injured person this can result in severe pain and incapacity, potentially long-term permanent injury, intensive rehabilitation and ongoing treatment, and major disruption to their lives.

In many occasions manual handling injuries can be minimised by:

  • good workplace planning
  • the use of manual handling equipment
  • reducing the size and weight of loads
  • employing good work practices, eg, team lifting and lifting techniques
  • being patient and not attempting to lift something beyond your capability.

More information


Read about Office/Workplace Safety.

The following websites and documents should also be referred to:

The Department of Labour (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
Accident Compensation Corporation

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