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Waste Handling

S-Craft Waste Handling and its unique product range has enabled the creation of an extremely effective waste handling process. It ensures every effort is being made to increase efficiency and prevent injury on multiple industry sites. Further advantages of the S-Craft Waste Handling process help organisations lower waste management costs, meet sustainability goals and ensure legislative compliance.

Waste handling on a regular basis can lead to manual handling injuries which are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The term ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back.

Musculoskeletal disorders account for around one third of all reported injuries in the  waste handling industry. The majority of these are associated with collection activities and are either sudden or cumulative injuries.

The following factors influence your likelihood of suffering a waste handling injury whilst lifting waste and recyclables:

  • the load weight;
  • receptacle type and design;
  • vehicle design;
  • collection frequency;
  • street environment;
  • training;
  • systems of work; and
  • working outside your capabilities.

Incorrect Waste Handling can lead to Manual Handling Injuries

Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury, for example the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, where you are picking it up from or putting it down (picking it up from the floor, putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting, bending, stretching or other awkward posture you may adopt while doing a task.

There is evidence that, as well as manual handling, heavy manual labour, awkward postures and a recent or existing injury are all risk factors in the development of MSDs. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) require employers to manage the risks to their employees. They must:

  • Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable, by redesigning the task to avoid moving the load or by automating or mechanising the process.
  • Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  • Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Where possible, provide mechanical assistance, for example, a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable then explore changes to the task, the load and the working environment.

Medical and scientific knowledge stress the importance of an ergonomic approach to look at manual handling as a whole, taking into account the nature of the task, the load and the working environment, and requiring worker participation.


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