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06-01-2012, 17:57   #1
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Is there a maximum weight a person can lift during their work?

Just saw this ad on jobs ie .

• able to lift parcels up to 70 kgs

http://www.jobs.ie/ApplyForJob.aspx?Id=1146926


Does HSA have any guidelines on how much weight one person can lift?

I read Manual Handling Guidance Documents but I cant find any info on the subject

http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Workplace_Heal...nce_Documents/

I'm just curious because I hear a lot of conflicting information about the topic.

Thank you for any info you may have
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Just saw this ad on jobs ie .

• able to lift parcels up to 70 kgs

http://www.jobs.ie/ApplyForJob.aspx?Id=1146926


Does HSA have any guidelines on how much weight one person can lift?

I read Manual Handling Guidance Documents but I cant find any info on the subject

http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Workplace_Heal...nce_Documents/

I'm just curious because I hear a lot of conflicting information about the topic.

Thank you for any info you may have
that would be a good weight,i know seed in 50kg bags are not suppose to be lifted manually alone,connollys in goresbridge have a robot for stacking these bags on a pallet,cement isnt in 50kg anymore probably due to this
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06-01-2012, 18:32   #3
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I was told 25-30kg as a general but if i didn't feel comfortable to always seek help. There can't be a set weight as everyone is different. Know your limits, power zone etc and never over exert yourself. If you feel you can't lift it safely ask for help
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Bend your knees, not your back
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06-01-2012, 18:34   #5
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I would think if lifting 70kg on a regular basis, a small lifting machine or similar should be provided, no one has to lift any particular weight if they find it difficult to do so.
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06-01-2012, 18:34   #6
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No legal limit, but plenty of guidance:
http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_a...Workplace.html

25kg max recommended for males, 16kg max recommended for females.
Guidance only though.
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An more information on assesment here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg383.pdf
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Its 15kg for females where I work, heavier than that, get 2 people / pallet truck.
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70 kg. seems to me to be far too excessive for the average person.

No one should lift anything that they are uncomfortable with. Shape and size of parcel are also defining factors. Yes as already has been said here............. bend your knees.
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70kg is an absurd weight to expect anyone to lift as part of their day-to-day duties.
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I think thats a typo. I remember seeing a job ad for a driver in UPS and it said 70 lbs. I remember converting it at the time to kgs because in my job at the time i was struggling to carry 40kgs.

70lbs = 31.75kgs.
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08-01-2012, 20:10   #12
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what the HSA recommend

Maximum recommended weight for male at waist height is 25Kg, female is 16Kg.

Look at page 14 in this.

Remember, only you can decide what you can or can not lift.
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If you feel you can't lift it safely ask for help
Also ask for a risk assessment.
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08-01-2012, 23:54   #14
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many years ago, 1980s, a typical thing-to-lift was up to 60 Kg.
heavier things called for sack-trolleys or 2 guys..
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27-01-2012, 23:47   #15
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Use this as a guide
http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_a...l_Handling.pdf
page 19 gives a general guideline for the maximum weight women and men lift at the different position of the body however, every individual is different and you must assess the load before lifting it. As an employee you should have completed a manual handling course as it is a requirement under the safety, health and welfare at work act 2005, in this course you should have been given the training in how to lift correctly and how to assess a load. Regulation 69(c) of the safety, health and welfare at work general applications regulations 2007 requires a risk assessment to be carried out, if engineering or organisational controls are neccessary your employer must provide mechanical aids and also if possible change the workarea to reduce or avoid the need for manual handling.

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