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 R TITB has launched a new eLearning course focusing
on sector specific manual handling risks to tackle the issue of lifting and
moving by hand being the main cause of reportable accidents in the 'freight by road' industry and the logistics sector having
a rate of musculoskeletal disorders 50% higher than the national average.
Manual handling injuries are the second most common injury type suffered in
the workplace, and the main cause of musculoskeletal disorders. There were an estimated 23,000 work related cases of musculoskeletal disorders in transport and storage in 2019-20. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 480,000 workers suffered from a new or long- standing work-related musculoskeletal
disorder in 2019-20, and 152,000 workers suffered from a new case.
“The manual handling injury figures
for our industry make for alarming and worrying reading,” said Laura Nelson, RTITB’s managing director. “The sad reality is that many employees seem to accept minor injuries or ongoing issues like bad backs as an inevitable part of the job, but they shouldn’t have to. At a time when attracting new people to our industry is more crucial than ever, we need to do everything we can to reduce the risks workers face to make it a more attractive workplace.
“Manual handling injuries are largely avoidable with the right training in place. Most manual handling courses will not
be created with an understanding of what really happens each day in a transport and
logistics environment, which is why we have developed the new eLearning with the industry in mind.”
The ‘Manual Handling in Transport, Warehousing and Logistics’ eLearning course is designed for anybody who manually lifts goods or pushes/pulls equipment in the workplace. Via self-paced eLearning, it provides learners with a foundational understanding of the tasks in hand, the associated risks, and the correct handling techniques.

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