Lessons from Court Cases! Manual Handling Training

Some recent court cases provide invaluable lessons for employers in relation to manual handling training and risk management, in particular the Meus and Barry cases .

For further information on health & safety cases including these two log on to www.healthandsafetyreview.ie

Take Note!

  • Risk assessments must be task specific
  • Training must be adequate to enable an employee to perform his/her duties safely,with the training comparable to the task to be performed
  • Training must be delivered in a form, language and manner that the employee (person being trained) understands
  • Training must be followed up by supervision to ensure the employee is using the correct manual handling techniques
  • There is no point in managers offering help if that puts them at risk, as that is not a solution to the problem
  • Expecting employees to ask colleagues for help if the colleagues are busy is not a defence
  • Workers should not be expected to lift from above shoulder level

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