Safety Guidance

AGS Guidance on Manual Handling

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Published 10th January 2019

• Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of injuries collectively referred to as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The term ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back.
• The total number of work related MSDs (WRMSDs) cases in 2016/17 was 507,000 out of a total of 1,300,000 for all work related illnesses, 41% of the total.
• An estimated 8.9 million working days were lost due to WRMSDs, an average of 16 days lost for each case.
• Work related musculoskeletal disorders account for 35% of all working days lost due to work related ill health.
• The construction industry has significantly higher rates of WRMSDs when compared with the rates for all industries.