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Manual Handling Hazard Tables

Loading/Unloading Vehicles
RisksAssociated Control Measures
Unstable loads - if the equipment is not stacked properly in the vehicle there is a risk of it moving whilst the vehicle is in motion. This may injure the driver/passenger or may fall when the doors of the vehicle are opened for unloading.
  • Ensure that heavy equipment is on the bottom of the pile.
  • Pack awkward-shaped items into square boxes if possible.
  • Tie down any loose items.
  • Do not stack equipment higher than the seats.
Back Injury - due to incorrect lifting techniques
  • Stand close to an object, with feet apart.
  • Keep back straight.
  • Bend knees.
  • Keep heads up.
  • Avoid twisting or bending or repetitive work.
  • Seek proper training in manual handling techniques
Moving Equipment to Site
RisksAssociated Control Measures
Back Injury - due to incorrect lifting techniques
  • Stand close to an object, with feet apart.
  • Keep back straight.
  • Bend knees.
  • Keep your head up.
  • Avoid twisting or bending or repetitive work.
  • Seek training in proper manual handling techniques.
Back injury - due to incorrect carrying techniques
  • Where possible carry equipment in a rucksack.
  • Do not overload rucksacks.
  • Do not carry equipment further than is necessary - get as close to the site as possible by other means.
  • Do not single-handedly attempt to carry anything that is "too heavy". This will vary from individual to individual - know your limits and do not be persuaded to over stretch that limit.
  • Be aware of any awkwardly shaped loads and unevenly balanced loads.
  • Where possible dismantle large pieces of equipment into smaller, lighter components.
Injury to arms and hands - strains, sprains, breaks, cuts and grazes
  • Where possible carry equipment in a rucksack.
  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Keep sleeves rolled down.
  • Be aware of sharp edges/corners.
  • Be aware of pieces of equipment which may pinch the skin - hinges, lids etc.