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Manual Handling Injury

An employee sustained a wrist injury while handling a box of food stock material.

The employee was in the process of lifting a box of material and found the load heavy and awkward to move. The employee released a grip of the material with the left hand while still supporting the material with the right hand.

The weight of the material caused the employees hand to twist resulting in a sprain injury.

(The box of material weighed- 33lbs)


Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

1.       Review all manual handling activities in your work area.


2.       Remove or avoid all hazardous manual handling activities.


3.       Provide manual handling training for employees.


4.       Know the weight and center of gravity of the object that you intend to move.


5.       Always Consider body positioning and path of travel when lifting or moving a large object.


6.       Schedule deliveries to arrive at a time outside of peak business hours.


7.       Do Not attempt to move an object or perform a task that you are not comfortable with.


8.       Always seek assistance from co-workers when moving large or awkward objects.


9.       Report all incidents/injuries immediately.


Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
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