Earlier this month, SHP online published an interactive map from Vero Solutions, which highlighted the regions of the UK with the most work related deaths and injuries. This included research from the Health and Safety Executive, which also showed the most common health conditions which are either caused, or aggravated by work.

These included: 

  • Work-related stress
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Skin Disease
and finally
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders 

While we have discussed musculoskeletal disorders on our blog previously, it is insightful (and highly worrying), to look at the facts and figures associated with these conditions, particularly in relation to manual handling. In fact, the research revealed that manual handling is the main activity in UK workplaces which leads to this disorder, with 9.5 million working days lost as a result. 

Although this only confirms what we already know about the connection between musculoskeletal issues and manual handling, highlighting the strain that this has on both the workplace and on company employees, reveals an even clearer picture of the impact that these practices have on organisations.

While certain professions may only be able to mitigate the risks by reducing the amount of manual handling that they complete, and by using safe lifting techniques, there are certain industries that could eliminate the practice of manual handling almost entirely. In sectors such as logistics, food production and construction, just to name a few, there are a number of technologies and solutions readily available, which greatly reduce the call for manual handling in the workplace.

From heavy-duty lifting equipment, to material lifts and load-moving equipment, there are a huge variety of options available, which reduce the practice of manual handling in the workplace to the very minimum. It is vital to the prosperity of these industries, and to the overall state of workplace health in the UK, that companies seriously consider this investment in the improvement of their lifting and handling procedures. 

Although this will require an initial spend, the figures revealing the impact of workplace health conditions speak for themselves, showing the long-term benefits that could be achieved by putting these systems in place.

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If you've got some large loads to lift, then we have an excellent selection of high-quality lifting gear that will ensure your job gets done safely efficiently and safely. Included in this range is our excellent selection of Leg Chain Lift Slings. These lift slings are strong and robust, and can lift heavy loads safely and easily. All of our slings are provided with latch hooks, and we can supply bespoke chain slings to meet your requirements. 

Each of our Leg Chain Lift Slings comes in a variety of lengths and Working Load Limits (WLL), to ensure we meet your requirements. If you're interested in purchasing a Leg Sling Chain, here are a few examples from our range:

Available in a variety of different WLL from 1.5 tonnes to 5.3 tonnes
Available in a variety of lengths
Can be supplied with safety hooks or latch hooks
Click here to view our range

Weight limits range from 2.1 to 4.25 tonnes
Available in a variety of different lengths
Supplied with latch or safety hooks
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The highest end of our sling range
Extremely durable and have a higher weight capacity than any other chain sling we sell.
Weight limits range from 2.36 to 26.5 tonnes
Available in a range of lengths
To view our range, click here

As some of you may already know, the PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com team recently appeared at the IMHX trade show, which gave us a chance to show off some of our latest products!

We very much enjoyed meeting you all at the event, but for those who were unable to make it, we've made this short video, highlighting some of our top-performing products:

Products Mentioned:

Pallift 500kg Self-Lifting Stacker with 1.3mtr HOL
Hand Operated Platform Stacker 400kg Capacity

3000kg Hand Pallet Truck 540 x 1150mm Assembled, 12 Month Warranty
1.5 tonne Electric Hand Pallet Truck 540mmx1150mm
If you'd like to see our product range in person, don't forget to keep your eye out on social media, for our next trade show appearance! 

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If you're active in the health and safety community on Twitter, then you may have noticed that this week is the official 'Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week'. While this is a particularly active week for professionals in the health and safety industry, as well as other related fields, it is vitally important that this message reaches people of all ages and occupations, throughout the UK.
While the aim of the week is to encourage people to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing in all aspects of their life, it pays particular attention to the subject of health in the workplace, which has been widely overlooked for many years. Whether this relates to yourself, a colleague, or an employee, health in the workplace is a highly important topic, which should be properly considered by organisations and workers across the country. Whether this relates to using of preventative measures to avoid work-related diseases and injuries, or the identification of unhealthy working practices in the workplace, drawing attention to these issues is the first step towards a healthier future for all British workers.
With the time we spend in work taking up a large chunk of our lives, it is essential that these hours have the least impact on our health and wellbeing as possible. This can only be achieved by using smart working practices, in order to alleviate the impact of work-related health conditions, caused by both physical and mental strain. 
Some of the most commonly-identified work-related conditions are musculoskeletal disorders, which are caused by repetitive bending, twisting or lifting at work. While this is primarily associated with careers which centre around the need to regularly move and lift heavy objects, such as warehouse workers, it can also impact those who work in supposedly manual-free workplaces, where lifting unknowingly becomes part of everyday activities. While there are certain postures and techniques which can help workers to avoid injuries caused by manual handling, the best way to avoid the risks associated with manual handling is to avoid the practice altogether! 
Here at PalleTrucks-Tolleys.com, we provide a vast selection of load moving and handling equipment, with the ability to eliminate both the short and long-term risks of manual handling. From sack trucks to furniture moving devices, we supply a variety of solutions to suit a comprehensive range of working environments.
To find out more about manual handling hazards, their impact, and preventative measures, read our previous guide here.

Carrying goods around your work site manually can be a real chore. In fact, it can be downright hazardous to your health - as we've discussed previously on this blog, the HSE receives thousands of reports each year of injuries caused by manual handling.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to transport goods easily with minimal hassle and strain. Our site trolleys, for example, can be used to shift loads weighing up to 1000kg (assuming the load is evenly distributed across the load bed); these trolleys are available to buy and to hire from PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com, and they're suitable for heavy use in a variety of environments.

Here's everything you need to know about our sturdy site trolleys:
  • They have a solid steel construction with a heavy-duty wooden load bed
  • They can cope with an evenly-distributed load of up to 1000kg
  • They're available with solid or pneumatic tyres
  • The wheels have a diameter of 14 inches
  • The load bed measures 1525mm x 765mm
  • They're suitable for indoor or outdoor use in all kinds of working environments