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Expert scores for lifting tasks

This page offers general risk reduction measures associated with lifting operations

Risk Factors Score Reason

Load weight

A = 4

20 kg weight. Lift interval 250 lifts per hour
Possible load weight solutions

Hand distance

A = 3

When the operative places the creels on their respective spindles the hand position is half way from full extension. Also there is a greater level of risk when the operative is loading the upper and lower level spindles
Possible hand distance solutions

Vertical lift

R = 3

The top creel spindles are at head height or above for both of the operatives
Possible vertical lift solutions

Trunk twisting

R = 2

There is sideways bending and twisting of the upper body.
Possible trunk twisting solutions

Postural constraint

R = 3

When the operative is loading the lowest level of spindles his posture is severely restricted between the conveyor and the lower level of spindles.
Possible postural constraint solutions

Grip on load

A = 1

There is a small lip which the operative can hold. Although this is not ideal the operative appears to be in control of the load. Observing the amount of control the operative has on the load is a good indicator of the quality of grip.
Possible solutions

Floor Surface

G = 0

The floor surface is in a good condition clean, tidy and clear.
Possible floor surface solutions

Other environmental factors


There are no extremes of temperature, no strong air movements and the lighting is adequate.



The total score will help you to prioritise those tasks that need most urgent attention and give you a measure of the effectiveness of the interventions you have chosen to introduce to reduce risk.

Other risk factors

The operative is required to apply an element of force to the load to push each creel onto the spindle. The operative has no control over the pace of his work. The speed in which the creels move along the conveyor dictate the speed in which the operative is required to work.

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Updated 2017-10-18