Health & Safety and Principles of Safe Handling - ROBUR


This section of our website looks at some of the ‘Principles of Safe Handling’ and will assist those who are responsible for safe handling practices under increasingly comprehensive and demanding health and safety regulations. The guide includes links to useful sources of information.

Many factors involved in health and safety are open to interpretation and sometimes a measure of assistance is required in placing the right equipment in the right place at the right time and at the right cost. In addition to this short guide and other publications we offer a free advisory service on all aspects of materials handling, which can involve site visits and demonstrations.

Facts and Figures

Statistics for 2013/14 from the Health & Safety Executive reveal that some 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. They make sobering reading for anyone running a business and with responsibility for workers.


  • 142 workers killed at work
  • 78,000 other injuries reported (RIDDOR)
  • 629,000 reportable injuries occurred (Labour Force Survey)

Over half the fatal injuries to workers were of three kinds: falls from height; contact with moving machinery; and being struck by a vehicle (RIDDOR);

Falls and slips & trips, combined, account for over a third (35%) of employee injuries. They made up more than half of all reported major/specified injuries and almost three in ten (29%) over-seven-day injuries to employees (RIDDOR);

Handling was the most frequent cause of over-seven-day injury (RIDDOR) An estimated 1.9 million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips (LFS).