The union calls on employers to reduce the weight of objects their employees lift manually

Commenting on research published on the BMJ website, which suggests that training people how to lift heavy objects is failing to prevent back injuries, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:

'This is an important piece of research. It shows that employers shouldn't be relying on their employees lifting heavy weights 'correctly' to prevent back injury, but instead should be reducing the weight of things that need to be lifted manually. The Health and Safety Executive will now have to review its advice on manual handling as a matter of urgency.

'If employers want to protect their staff from the pain of back strain, they should not be banking on their staff using the correct techniques to lift heavy objects at work. The best way to keep staff injury free is to make sure that everyone understands the importance of not lifting heavy weights on their own.'