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Help with a wheelchair

Does anybody know what the “rules” are about work colleagues helping with lifting a wheelchair into the back of a car or anywhere for that matter?

hi, i can’t help you i’m afraid as haven’t a clue…i am just really shocked that such rules might exist!!! xxx

I think it will depend on the company you work for. I know the technicians in my department had to stop using ladders until they’d been on a training course, despite the fact they’d been using them safely for decades! It seems there’s a rule for everything these days :frowning:

Check with HR - they should know if there’s a policy or health & safety rule about it.

Karen x

Hi

It should all come under the heading of Manual Handling. Many larger companies have courses / rules on it.

The ‘claims culture’ scares may firms into introducing policies.

I tend to lift my own wheelchair then get someone to lift me off the floor when I have fallen over doing it.

Neil

Hi, I don’t know tbh, but I use a Push along walker at work. I have a similar push along walker which I use at home. The walker I use at work is not working at the moment (problem with brakes). While I wait to get the new one for use at my work, I have been taking my one from home to work. At the end of the working day one of the lovely people I work with puts it in my car for me, when I arrive at work, one of them takes it out of my car. No questions asked, but I get on well with everyone and they are all quite a laid back lot. I think they know I won’t manage myself. Cheryl:-)

yep it comes under manual handling

Is there a maximum weight a person can lift during their work?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) set no specific requirements such as weight limits.

The ergonomic approach shows clearly that such requirements are based on too simple a view of the problem and may lead to incorrect conclusions. Instead, an ergonomic assessment based on a range of relevant factors is used to determine the risk of injury and point the way to remedial action.

The Regulations establish the following clear hierarchy of control measures:

  1. Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable, for example by redesigning the task to avoid moving the load or by automating or mechanising the process.
  2. Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  3. Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Where possible, you should provide mechanical assistance, for example a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable, look at ways of changing the task, the load and working environment.

Modern medical and scientific opinion accepts the scale of the problem and stresses the importance of an ergonomic approach to remove or reduce the risk of manual handling injury. Ergonomics is sometimes described as ‘fitting the job to the person, rather than the person to the job’. The ergonomic approach looks at manual handling as a whole. It takes into account a range of relevant factors, including the nature of the task, the load, the working environment and individual capability and requires worker participation.

When a more detailed assessment is necessary it should follow the broad structure set out in Schedule 1 to the Regulations. The Schedule lists a number of questions in five categories:

  1. the task;
  2. the load;
  3. the working environment;
  4. individual capability (this category is discussed in more detail under regulation 4(3) and its guidance); and
  5. other factors, for example use of protective clothing.

Each of these categories may influence the others and none of them can be considered on their own. However, to carry out an assessment in a structured way it is often helpful to begin by breaking the operations down into separate, more manageable items.