Unsafe manual handling is the most common cause of work related injuries in the warehousing and storage industries. These injuries cause personal suffering and loss of income, and also cost businesses and national economies. Manual handling is any activity involving the use of muscular force (or effort) to lift, move, push, pull, carry, hold, throw or restrain any object. It covers more than lifting heavy weights and affects more than the back. Injuries that arise from hazardous manual handling are commonly known as musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs. Any worker can be affected, yet MSDs can be prevented by assessing work tasks, consulting with colleagues, putting in place preventative measures, and checking that these measures stay effective. Topics covered include: Musculoskeletal disorders; How your back works; It could happen to you! (an interview with an injured worker); Manual handling risk factors; Manual handling case studies; and Principles of safe manual handling. 19 minutes.