Strain injuries can keep farm workers away from work for weeks at a time. They can happen so easily when you are lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, lowering, holding heavy items or when you are restraining animals, moving equipment, hay or handling stock.
Manual handling injuries occur through:
- Increased wear and tear or damage, eg from intense or strenuous manual activity
- Gradual wear and tear
- Heavy or awkward lifts (lifting heavy machinery or sheep onto a ute)
- Sudden, unexpected movement (carrying a heavy object, stumbling, tripping or falling).