The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a new report that could prevent bed manufacturers from facing compensation claims over injuries at work.
According to the HSE, employees in this industry are around twice as likely to suffer manual handling injuries at work than those in any other manufacturing sector.
"Getting manual handling right makes good business sense. Working with HSE allowed Silentnight to share best practice and continue to develop ways of reducing manual handling risks to protect our workers," said Tim Hunt, health and safety manager at Silentnight Beds.
The HSE’s report identified the highest risk activities within the industry as tape-edging and handling, in which employees generally carry heavy objects above their heads.
Divan assembly and dressing, mattress assembly, tufting, spring assembly and hand stitching of mattresses were all deemed to be medium risk activities.
According to the HSE, the greatest amount of injuries, which could result in compensation claims, in the woodwork industry between 2008 and 2009 were caused by manual handling (27 per cent), followed by contact with moving machinery (19 per cent).
Posted by Alison Spriggs