Our February 2021 manual handling campaign reduced injuries and increased observations.
HSE statistics show that manual handling is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Injuries can occur at any time and place. They can affect personal as well as working lives, and may lead to long-term health problems.
We designated 22-26 February manual handling week.
Our goals were:
- educate people about the dangers of manual handling
- improve handling techniques at work and home
- reduce injuries
- increase safety observations
What we did:
We focused the campaign on the core message
Think TILE before you lift.
TILE summarises the four elements to consider before doing any manual handling. These are task, individual, load, and environment.
All campaign activities were carried out in-house, except a manual handling video filmed by London Irish captain Matt Rogerson (see below).
- We updated our manual handling video and also created a 14-second snip (right) for social media
- We created a campaign web page with the short url vgcgroup.co.uk/TILE
- HSQE adviser Ben Keegan also write a manual handling training blog
- We created a TILE poster which we emailed to clients and placed on site noticeboards
- Labour managers delivered our manual handling toolbox talk (link goes to the pdf) to over 300 workers
- We also publicised the campaign on social media, in our staff enews and in our Be safe brief
- Our HSQE trainers gave 224 people practical training
- The manual handling issue of the staff enews gained 955 opens.
- Our manual handling social media campaign gained 1,886 engagements during the campaign week.
- The manual handling videos gained 2,209 views.
- In March we had a sharp fall in overall injuries, and there were 0 manual handling injuries.
- There was a big increase in observations, which help make sites safer overall.
Manual handling week in 2021 followed the success of our hand safety campaign in 2019.