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One or more of the following 5 risk factors will mean the manual task is hazardous and can cause injury to a worker.
The term hazardous manual task is defined in NSW WHS Regulation 5 as:
a task that requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any person, animal or thing that involves 1 or more of the following:
Injuries can also occur due to a combination of these mechanisms, for example, body tissue that has been weakened by cumulative damage may be vulnerable to sudden injury by lower forces.
WorkCover notes* that these injuries in NSW are the most common cause of injury:
You can find essential guidance material on the identification, assessment, and control of the risks of hazardous manual tasks in the Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice. This is a SafeWork Australia Code of Practice that was approved and adopted by WorkCover NSW in 2012.
This article is mainly based on material in that Code of Practice.
You are welcome to download this article and distribute it within your Organisation.
* WorkCover NSW “Statistical Bulletin 2012/13 NSW Workers Compensation Statistics”.