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A few hours training is enough to cut manual handling accidents

LETTERS

Sir, I read with interest that the Health and Safety Executive is to target injuries caused by manual handling with a view to promoting the use of mechanical handling equipment .

(Materials, May 26).

I work with a large number of construction companies, and am pretty certain of their response if an inspector suggested any of them should purchase costly equipment, when margins are being squeezed and work is not as certain as it was two or three years ago.

I am in total agreement that something has to be done about such injuries but trying to get companies to invest thousands of pounds in equipment is wishful thinking, unfortunately.

If only employers would carry out basic risk assessment and then ensure everyone involved (employees and self-employed) had a few hours training. This would reduce the incidence of problems at a stroke.

Which is better, staff taking days off, an HSE Prohibition Notice, a prosecution, a writ for compensation or a couple of hundred pounds spent on training?

Maureen Knight Sales Director Helmsman Safety Services Colchester, Essex