You can do things to prevent or minimise MSDs as they affect large numbers of people across most industries and occupations and have the potential to ruin people's lives. MSDs also impose heavy costs on employers. CASE STUDY: In one year a firm lost 373 working days because of manual handling injuries. This cost about £24 000 in wages paid to absent workers. There were also overtime payments and other costs. The introduction of handling aids, manual handling training, and a rehabilitation program reduced days lost to 74 and wage costs to about £5000 | A Guide to Manual Handling Manual Handling Regulations The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002, apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either inanimate - such as a box or a trolley, or animate - a person or an animal. What’s the problem? Manual handling injuries affect around million people per year An estimated million working days a year are lost due to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) On average million people in Great Britain suffer from MSDs caused or made worse by their current or past work. An estimated million working days were lost due to these work-related MSDs, on average each sufferer took about 20 days off in that 12 month period. Musculoskeletal Disorders Poor Manual handling can cause Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) which include problems such as low back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries. You .