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Document ID (ISN)76943
CIS number 01-1019
Year 2000
Convention or series no. HSE Booklet INDG325 HSE Booklet INDG326
Health and Safety Commission
Title Manual handling in the railway industry - Advice for employees; Advice for employers
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O.Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2000. 6p.+15p. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract Manual handling has been recognized as the major source of occupational diseases in the railway industry, particularly of musculosketetal disorders. It is also an important cause of accidents: in 1998-1999, 487 manual handling accidents involving over three days absenteeism were reported, but the true level is believed to be much higher. The contents of this booklet, which highlights responsibilities of employers, include: conducting a risk assessment, including practical examples (handling heavy equipment such as rails and sleepers in restricted spaces; access of portable machinery and equipment; loading and unloading of catering trolleys); training and information; practical solutions and tips for a number of tasks and associated risks. An attached leaflet aimed at employees highlights good manual handling practices.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; training material; rail transport; manual handling
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; lifting of loads; work posture; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases; training manuals; work in confined spaces
Document type C - Training manuals, audiovisual material
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Rail transportation
OSH training