Tradies Hazardous Manual Handling Training

People who work in the trades industry lift heavy items daily.

Not only can an injury cause discomfort and pain, but it can also lead to long term inability to work.


While most workers are habitual in lifting of heavy items daily, they might stop being aware of their technique and style which requires constant reinforcing.

The human body is not just made up of muscles, after all—there are tendons, ligaments, joints, and the spine that does most of the work. And these are parts of the body that require time to heal. Extensive pressure on a daily basis only leads up to a day when one or more of these parts are damaged or a musculoskeletal issue occurs, rendering the worker unable to work.


A time off that occurs due to this reason can have a snowball effect. It impacts the workers and their families. Since the workers cannot work, it impacts your business. The bottom line. Eventually, it affects the economy as well.


Tradies make up for a whopping 58% of the total compensation claims in Australia. And most of these injuries do not happen due to workplace hazards that are caused by a big flaw in the system or a fault in a machine. They are simply caused by lifting heavy things or putting them down.

All these things considered; this is a bigger problem than most businesses give it credit for. It is a situation that is not good for anyone.


Each state has a similar section in the legislation… Work Health & Safety Regulation (QLD) 2011 section 60 states “A PCBU must manage risks to health & safety relating to a musculoskeletal disorder associated with a hazardous manual task…

This course focuses on the most basic element that can help you save money and help your employees save themselves from injuries—lifting techniques.

Not thinking and bad technique is the root cause of this problem, and this course teaches your workforce how to avoid injuries while working optimally.

This Course Covers

  • What are Manual Hazardous Tasks
  • Personal Impact of Manual Handling
  • Responsibilities
  • Lifting Techniques
  • Ways to reduce Manual Handling
  • Stretching Exercises


Each student or group of students will need to book a 15-minute session with the trainer via zoom and demonstrate correct lifting techniques and how to do correct stretching exercises.

Hi, I’m Paul Bickerton

“I spent forty plus years training people how to do Manual Handling in various countries, in many environments, in numerous different places. While in the wilds of Papua New Guinea I helped hundreds of people unloading shipping containers manually then decanting them into boxes suitable for small aircraft transport with efficiency and safety".

Here in Australia I have run courses for both heavy vehicle drivers, warehouse supervisors and bus drivers. The goal being to minimise injury to staff and to also mitigate Workcover claims. These courses include Manual Handling of numerous types of heavy objects including people (though there is a separate course on manual handling people).

When it comes to Manual Handling..."I am your man!”

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