As a responsible business, with two of our core values being ‘safety’ and ‘responsibility’, we take health and safety very seriously.
We work together to achieve the best possible outcome for our customers and colleagues, taking collective and individual responsibility to maximise safety in the workplace; a large part of this being a focus on manual handling.
Manual handling refers to the moving of items by either lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Injuries as a result of this, which are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), account for approximately one third of all work-related injuries according to statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back can be classed as a manual handling injury. However, there is evidence that as well as manual handling, heavy manual labour, awkward postures, or a recent/existing injury are all risk factors in the development of MSDs.
Matthew Tongue, our Technical Director, said: “The safety and wellbeing of our staff is crucial to us.
“To demonstrate our commitment to our workforce, we have recently invested into new thread rolling racks for our employees, as well as maintaining our roll handling and lifting machines in order to reduce the need for manual handling in the workplace.
“We view this new equipment not only as workplace improvements, but as an investment into our people. We want to ensure Union Fasteners remains a place our employees want to work and feel valued, supported and respected in their roles; by investing in equipment to improve health and safety, we hope to do just that.”
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