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Expert scores for carrying tasks

This page offers general risk reduction measures associated with carrying operations


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.

Possible load weight solutions

Hand distance from lower back

G = 0

Upper arms remain vertical.

Asymmetrical Trunk / Load

G = 0

Load in front and symmetrical.
Possible solutions

Postural constraint

G = 0

Steps are just wide enough to allow unrestricted passage.

Grip on load

A = 1 or
R = 2

Bulky tub with grips provided. Notice how the grips bend outwards when the tub is lifted up. Also, to climb the steps the operative must lift the tub high to clear his legs. This reduces the effectiveness of the grip from the handle.
Possible grip on load solutions

Floor Surface

R = 2

Wet contaminated floor and steps.
Possible floor surface solutions

Other environmental factors


Handrails cannot be used when gripping and climbing the steps.

Carry Distance


Definitely between 4m -10m
Possible carry distance solutions

Obstacles en route

A = 2

Steps are steep. In the past, inspectors have thought of them as ladders.
Possible obstacles en route solutions

Total score


10 –11


Worse 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 2011-10-08