Bed manufacturers get safety training
The manufacturers of beds have successfully improved their health and safety measures, it has been reported.
Indeed, when Britons snuggle down into white bed linen at the end of a busy day, they may not be aware of the risks that were faced when their bed was built.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), workers within the industry are twice as likely to suffer from a manual handling injury than those in any other sector.
Such mishaps include hurting the back and upper limbs, leading to the HSE and the National Bed Federation to offer advice on the jobs that could see workers put most at risk.
These include tape-edging, carrying above the head, divan dressing and assembling, mattress assembly, tufting and hand stitching and putting together springs - all of which sit on a sliding scale of risk, with the last posing the least threat.
Jessica Alexander, executive director of the National Bed Federation, said: "It is encouraging that a number of bed manufacturers have shown their commitment to the health and safety of their employees by welcoming new ways of working."
The HSE is the UK's health and safety watchdog.