Lifting and pushing

Most jobs require some lifting or pushing of products or equipment. Because of this, sprains and strains are the most common workplace injuries. Pushing and lifting are a part of what is called manual handling. Manual handling injuries account for about 25% of all injuries to young workers.

The factors that are likely to make pushing and lifting more risky are:

  • the size and shape of the objects
  • the amount of force required to push or lift
  • the posture (or body position) used to push or lift
  • the number of times you have to do the action
  • the amount of time spent pushing and lifting.

Have a look at some of the resources in the Resource centre to find out more about the hazards and risks associated with lifting and pushing.