Identify the issues

When a worker is required to perform a manual task, look for the following factors that make the task hazardous, therefore increasing the likelihood of a worker getting hurt:

  • forceful exertions, such as pushing, pulling, lifting and gripping
  • awkward postures, such as bending, over-reaching, arching and twisting
  • vibrations to the hands, arm or body
  • movements or forces that are repetitive (more than two per minute) and/or sustained (held for more than 30 seconds)
  • The duration of the task and movements: look at how long the task is performed for, continually without a break and over the entire shift
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