Topic: Health & Safety

What constitutes a Manual Handling operation?

Manual Handling is any task involving supporting or transporting any load by human effort. This includes the following actions (HSE Definition – any transporting or supporting of a load including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or bodily force)

What is the maximum weight a person can be asked to lift?

There is not a set maximum weight as different people are have different capabilities.  While weight is a significant factor, there are other elements which are important. An employer must undertake a Risk Assessment to establish safe parameters for all manual handling tasks.