Working in construction ;is all about lifting and carrying stuff that is heavy- surely there's nothing that can be done about that!?

There are many things that can be done to eliminate and control the need to lift and carry things. Manual handling accounts for the majority of non-fatal injuries in construction, and construction workers have a high level of musculoskeletal disorders, in particular back problems. See:

	[Estimated prevalence and rates of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by current or most recent job, by occupation, for people working in the last 12 months, 2009/10 ](

This leads to many working days lost due to ill health and injury and is also reason why many people have to stop working in construction.

Use a hierarchy of controls to look at manual handling tasks and only resort to handling and lifting where there are no other options.

[Manual handling and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)](