Staff Induction Handbook (page 5) 


More working days are lost each year through back trouble than any other single cause. Backs are clearly a weak point for us humans that is why it is so important to take care of yours, especially when lifting, carrying or setting down a load.

Typical Manual Handling tasks in your place of work:

Moving Kegs or Casks

Bottling up

Putting deliveries away

Moving containers of chemicals

Moving containers of cooking oil

Removing filters from extractor canopies

Basic Lifting and Carrying:

Check that your route is clear of obstructions

Stand as close to the load as possible

Spread your feet to create a stable base

Bend your knees and keep your back in a natural line. (n.b. do not bend your knees fully as you will have too little power to lift)

Grasp the load firmly

Raise your head as you start to lift

Lift with your powerful leg muscles in a smooth movement

Keep your back straight

Hold the load close to your body

Avoid twisting, leaning backwards or stooping

Reverse the procedure for lowering the load

Be careful not to trap fingers or toes when setting a load down


You must immediately report any accident or dangerous incident at work, however minor or trivial, particularly where any personal damage or injury is involved. It is your duty also to report any safety hazard such as defective equipment or apparatus, and to warn others if necessary. A report of ALL accidents MUST be recorded in the Accident Book.

What is an accident?

An accident is any unplanned, unforeseen event that results in injury, damage to equipment or property or some other loss.

Accident reporting procedure

Record ALL accidents in the Accident Book

Know where the First Aid Box is and what it contains

Inform your manager of all accidents and dangerous occurrences

Know whom the First Aid appointed person is (If there is one)

Remember – it is your responsibility to report any accidents to your boss, who will then make sure that the information is recorded in the Accident Book.

Broken Glass:

Broken glass must be disposed of safely by wrapping it in plenty of thick paper or cardboard

Dispose of broken glass separately from all other rubbish or litter


Always check equipment before use

If equipment appears defective DO NOT use it

Never carry out electrical repairs yourself

Inform your manager of all dangerous/defective equipment


1. List 3 key points to remember when lifting? Answer –

2. Describe the “Basic Lift”? Answer –

3. What manual handling tasks do you do in your job? Answer –

4. What should you do if an accident occurs in your workplace?  Answer –

5. Where is the Accident Book kept? Answer –

6. Who is the appointed First Aider in your pub? Answer –

7. Where is the First Aid box kept? Answer –

8.Why must you report all accidents? Answer –

9. What should you do with broken glass? Answer –

10. What must you do if equipment appears faulty or defective? Answer –

Manual Handling and Accident Reporting questionnaire completed:

Overall Score :

Employees Signature:                                     Date:

Employers Signature:                                     Date:

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