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Expert scores for carrying in pastry factory task

Risk Factors Score Reason

Load weight

A = 4

Full tubs weigh 20 kg. 2 tubs carried in quick succession. Approximately 2 carries every 30 minutes. Typical food plant – wet contaminated floors. Between 4 – 10 m.
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Hand distance from lower back

G = 0

Upper arms remain vertical.

Asymmetrical torso/load

G = 0

Load in front and symmetrical.

Postural constraints

G = 0

Steps are just wide enough to allow unrestricted passage.

Grip on load

A = 1

Bulky tub with grips provided. Notice how the grips bend outwards when the tub is lifted up. Also, to climb the steps the worker must lift the tub high to clear his legs, which reduces the adequacy of the grip.
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Floor surface

R = 3

Wet contaminated floor and steps.
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Carry distance

A = 1

Definitely between 4m -10m
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Obstacles on route

A = 2

Steps are steep. In the past, inspectors have thought of them as ladders.
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Environmental factors


Handrails cannot be used when gripping and climbing the steps.

Total score


Worst bits are the steep steps, very slippery, large bulky load. Dynamics of slips make this part of the operation high risk.

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Updated 2018-10-15