Manual handling

When a situation arises where a first aider is required to move a casualty, they must consider 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 consider the risks involved in manual handling to avoid an injury to yourself or others.

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

  • Is moving the casualty essential?
  • Are other options available?
  • Can other people assist?

If you are required to move 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.
  • Move the shortest distance required.