Manual handling

When a situation arises where a first aider is required to move a casualty, they must take into account correct manual handling techniques. Using incorrect or unsafe techniques could result in a debilitating injury to the first aider, which could require emergency treatment and limit their ability to assist the casualty.

As a first aider you need to take into account the risks involved in manual handling, to avoid an injury to yourself or others.

This basic risk assessment may preset a better alternative that helps protect the first aider and still allow them to treat the casualty.

  • Is it essential?
  • Are other options available?
  • Can other people assist?

If you are required to lift a person or object, ensure that you use correct manual handling techniques:

  • Bend the knees
  • Lift with the legs – not the back
  • Keep the back straight
  • Keep the load close to your body
  • Do not twist your upper body
  • Carry the shortest distance required