Manual Handling and Back Health

Farming is a very physical occupation and workers can injure themselves by lifting heavy loads such as chemicals, fertilizer, hay bales, calves, buckets, equipment, and also while handling animals. Most agricultural manual handling injuries involve the back and weight-bearing joints and the risk of injury can be minimized by good lifting techniques and safe working habits. Use mechanical lifting aids or get help to lift and carry heavy loads whenever possible. For more information, see Farm Safety — Manual Handling (Better Health Channel).