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New ambulances for the obese
February 02, 2012 - By Neil Vowles, The Argus

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex, has bought 3 custom-built ambulances for 400,000 to accommodate patients, which weigh up to 50 stone.

The ambulances will include "specialist manual handling aids and equipment" so as to decrease the "risks of paramedics injuring themselves when moving larger patients".

This is not the only NHS Trust to invest in specialist ambulances. The East Midlands Ambulance Trust has spent 8million buying 80 new ambulances and the East of England Ambulance Trust has spent 16.6million to reinforce 166 of their 271 ambulances.
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'Colossol waste of time and money': bbc criticised over training video that's like something from The Office
December 17, 2011 - By The Daily Mail

The BBC provide all their staff with a three-hour Manual Handling Awareness course, regardless of whether they actually use any of it within the daily jobs.

A BBC employee says that the course has to be repeated every 2 years and asks "is this a good use of money?"

However, a BBC spokesman has said that courses are only for those who are deemed by a risk assessment to carry out "significant manual handling" within their work.
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HSE figures outline grim toll
November 03, 2011 - By National Farmers Union (NFU)

The Health and Safety Executive has found that agriculture is the most dangerous profession in the UK.

The number of fatalities associated with farming accounts for one in five of the the 'British workforce total', which is a shocking figure considering the small numbers of farmers in the UK.

The NFU has launched a Farm Safety Charter in which they hope will give safety advice and training so as to lower the number of fatalities and injuries associated with farming.
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5,000 compensation for falling out of bed
October 24, 2011 - By The Telegraph

Due to accidents at work, coucil staff have recieved over 75million in compensation over the last five years.

The councils had to pay out after admitting liability for the accidents.

These compensation claims are mostly paid for by the tax-payer after the local authorities had to pay out large excess fees to insurers.
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Absence: How does it affect the workplace and what can employers do about it?
July 21, 2011 - By Steve Hemsley, HR Magazine

The cost to UK employers regarding absence is 32bn.

The occupational sick pay is higher in the public sector compared to the private, which relates to the fact that this sector has a higher level of absence.

The most common reason for absence is due to illness and the second is due to musculoskeletal disorders, particularly amongst manual workers.
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Irene Evans: care home fined for death
June 24, 2011 - By BBC News

A Leeds-based care home has been fined 100,000 after the death of 91-year-old, Irene Evans.

Assessments of the manual handling requirements had not been met by managers and staff at the care home and staff were trained insufficiently.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the hoist used was not affixed properly and that Mrs Evans' death could have been prevented.
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Ambulances need reinforced stretchers for big patients
February 03, 2011 - By BBC News

South West Ambulance Trust has bought reinforced stretchers for 11 of their ambulances to help manage overweight patients.

This problem is not restricted to Devon and Cornwall and every ambulance service in the UK has had to start purchasing equipment to cope with patients who are overweight.

Other emergency services have also had to be trained on manual handling techniques to deal with overweight people so as to help ambulance crews.
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Back-pain help for workers urged
March 02, 2010 - By BBC News

There has been a call to help workers who suffer from back and joint pain to be able to stay in work.

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance have claimed that measures such as "extra training for managers and a greater focus on what a person can do rather than cannot" could help these sufferers.

Employers need to focus more on the general health of their workforce to cut costs.
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HSE - Manual Handling
By the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) are enforced by the HSE.

They provide a short guide in how to abide by the Regulations as well as the problems a business could face.

Manual handling injuries can occur in any place of work so the Regulations must be adhered to.
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Manual Handling
By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what manual handling means.
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