The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992 define manual handling as: “… any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.”
Employers have a legal requirement to ensure appropriate Moving and Handling equipment is available and is maintained and safe to use. In addition, staff should be trained in the safe use of the equipment. By observing simple, safe manual handling methods, the risk of injuries can be minimised.
In a healthcare setting, correct procedures and equipment are essential to ensure the safety of both carers and patients. Carers are at particular risk of back injuries, while the person being moved can sustain: damage to fragile skin, shoulder and neck injuries, worsening of existing breathing difficulties, bruising or cuts.
At Fortuna we have the expertise and resources to offer a one-stop solution for your Moving and Handling needs, including: advice and free assessments for hoists, slings and transfer aids, equipment hire, LOLER testing and maintenance, training.
Our friendly staff are trained and experienced moving & handling experts. They’ll be more than happy to take the time to understand your needs before recommending the right solution for you.
We are able to provide a wide range of hoists to suit the needs of the user.
Choosing the right sling can be difficult. Our sling experts can provide advice and assessments.
We can help with many different transfer aids. We can provide a wide ranges of solutions.
If you're dealing with an evolving clinical situation, renting can provide a flexible solution.
Equipment needs regular maintenance and testing. Our trained technicians can help.
We can assist with a range of training needs in our fully equipped suite of training room.
Moving and handling - Royal College of Nursing
Choosing a hoist and slings for lifting people - Disabled Living Foundation Factsheets
ROSPA Workplace Safety
NHS: How to move, lift and handle someone else
We stock a wide range of products, with over 1000 lines available in the showroom.
Come and TRY out the products to see what suits your needs.
Our friendly highly-trained staff will help you make a choice which is right for you.