Manual handling

The issue of manual handling – which is about minimizing the risk of musculo-skeletal disorders – is particularly important when looking at the use of flyaway SNG uplinks. As we have already seen, flyaway systems are typically made up of a large number of boxes, and some of these cases can be particularly heavy – each up to 75 kg. Although back injuries through lifting awkward or heavy cases do not account for work-related deaths, they do account for a significant amount of human suffering. Back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years, and SNG and ENG operators quite commonly suffer some degree of discomfort from back pain caused by lifting during their work.

Back problems can either ...

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