Hazard Related Topics
Most construction operations involve the movement of plant, equipment and materials. Specific hazardous operations required by the project involving the lifting and man-handling of plant equipment and materials must be identified. If appropriate the need for method statements should be identified.
There is general concern that the maximum weight of loads required to be handled manually should not exceed, say, 20 kilograms so that operatives can avoid back or other injury from loads. More specific load limits are included in the HSE's Getting to grips with manual handling. This short guide - INDG143(rev2) - explains 'the problems associated with manual handling and sets out best practice in dealing with them. The advice is intended for managers of small firms or similar organisations. But the general principles are relevant to all workplaces, whatever their size. Avoiding injuries from manual handling makes sound business sense.'