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Manual materials handling (MMH) means moving or handling things by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, or restraining. MMH is also the most common cause of occupational fatigue, low back pain and lower back injuries.
MMH is always hazardous but the level of hazard depends on what you are handling, what the task is, and what the conditions are at the workplace or work site.
For example, the material or load that you are handling may be:
The task can make MMH hazardous if a worker:
The conditions where you are working can also contribute to hazards of MMH and result in injuries, for example:
OSH Answers has information on various topics related to manual materials handling such as:
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