New handling guidance published

Published:  27 June, 2011

UK: Interpave – the trade body representing the leading manufacturers of concrete block paving, flags and kerbs – has launched a new guidance document for contractors and specifiers: ‘Handling Kerbs and Flags’.

Concrete kerbs have been in use for around 70 years and concrete flag paving for even longer. Regulations have been in place for some time to protect workers from risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders and work related upper limb disorders resulting from manual handling and installation. They include the Health and Safety at Work Act, etc., 1974, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2004) and 2007 CDM Regulations.

There has been continuing growth in the use of mechanical lifting devices in the UK over recent years. However, some contractors and designers may not be aware of their responsibilities and how to minimise risk by using them. In addition to health and safety considerations, mechanical installation regimes offer greater efficiency than manual handling, saving time and money.

The new guidance document combines and updates two previous, separate publications. It provides guidance on safe handling of kerbs and flags, and illustrates examples of available equipment. This document is available as a free download from the Interpave website and is open for consultation: any comments should be sent to

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