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The L in TILE is the load being moved. When assessing the load, it should be established if it is heavy, unstable, difficult to grip, bulky, sharp, or likely to cause any injury? Is it hot or cold? And are the contents likely to move when the load is handled, for example, maybe a liquid? Is the line of vision of the person moving the load likely to be obstructed by the load, increasing the risk of injury through slipping or tripping? It is important to remember that weight limits are not set in stone. There are many factors that adjust the maximum limits, such as frequency, for example.

Frequent operations are defined as over 30 operations per hour, and there are special rules regarding the maximum recommended weight being reduced by 30% if the object is moved once or twice a minute. The maximum weight should be reduced by 50% if the item is moved more than five to eight times a minute, and by 80% if the movement is repeated more than 12 times a minute.

If the load is being moved even with a lifting device for more than 20 meters, then a special assessment has to be carried out. Steps can be taken to reduce the risk with loads; make the loads less bulky and easier to grasp them, make them lighter, more stable and also less damaging to actually hold. These can be achieved in many instances by splitting the load into smaller units or repackaging the load. This would in some cases, involve the cooperation of your suppliers. Removing any surface hazards reduces the risk of slipping or tripping because vision is being obstructed by the load. Employees must be made aware of the importance of their role in informing their employer of any manual handling difficulties they have experienced or witnessed.