The most common manual handling injuries that occur in manufacturing industries include sprains and strains, back injuries, foot injuries and abdominal hernias.

We have produced guidance to help reduce the number of manual handling injuries in manufacturing.

Manual handling in the manufacturing industry gives specific advice and well-illustrated examples of how manual handling injuries can be avoided in the manufacturing industry. 

Manual Handling in the Manufacturing Industry (PDF 1.3 MB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.