Why are iTip Handles so important for health & safety onsite?
Why risk it? By using iTip handles it is possible to reduce the number of construction workers, agriculture workers and landscapers injured as a result of musculoskeletal disorders. It makes repetitive tasks easier for workers, lessening injuries and improving wellbeing.
There are over 58,000 Non-Fatal injuries to workers each year.
12,760 people are injured while handling, lifting or carrying each year.
Importance of Health & Safety in Construction
Around 2.3% of workers in the sector reported suffering from musculoskeletal disorder they believed was work-related (new or long standing cases). This rate is statistically significantly higher that the rate for workers across all industries (1.2%).
Cases of musculoskeletal disorders account for a higher proportion of ill health cases in construction than in all industries (44%).
An area that has long been missed is employees involved in the moving and handling of goods. They could be injured at any time from repetition of the task, even for light loads. Section header for section on risk; Manual risk and ergonomic handling.
You can view the report of the testing and the Validation of iTip Handles Here.
Health and Safety professionals always apply the hierarchy of control when assessing risks. Often the solution for a manual handling task is to reduce the risk of injury by introducing wheelbarrows, trolleys or sack trucks into our task design. However, this introduces new ergonomic risks in the form of:
- Fixed handles with no flexibility of movement.
- Difficult grip in a fixed position.
- Need to change grip for the final movement of tipping the load – creating jarring action.
HSE’s Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool – inclusion of iTip Handles on your equipment when completing this assessment will significantly improve your outcome movement.