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This general health and safety checklist is not exhaustive – and is provided as a general guide to assess the arrangements required.

Issue: Comments:
Is the worker new to the task?  Yes  □  No The worker has been a hod carrier for a number of years although he has only recently been moved onto our new pay-per-brick commission structure.
Are there any physical or ability factors to consider? □  Yes  □  No The employee will need to be a keen cyclist.
Has the employee received manual handling training? □  Yes  □  No We have strict guidelines in regard to manual handling training protocols but some employees have been known to adapt some of the procedures to suit their individual work methods (see picture attached).
Are weights of more than 16 kg involved? □  Yes  □  No As a rule – no, but occasionally workers will increase their loads during busy periods (See picture attached).
Is more than 3 kg handled from a seating position? □  Yes  □  No The seat is often unavailable depending on how many bricks are being carried.
Is more than 10 kg handled from a seating position? □  Yes  □  No Please see previous answer.
Are large pushing and/or puling forces involved? □  Yes  □  No There is very little pulling involved in this application of the task, however some pushing is required.
Is the load difficult to handle? □  Yes  □  No Staff have said it’s like trying to balance the books during the great depression.
Is it difficult to grip? □  Yes  □  No Even attempting to grip anything other than the bike’s handlebars has a strong chance of ending in total disaster.
Is there frequent or prolonged bending of the body? □  Yes  □  No Only the right arm – but this is essential for completion of the task.
Is there frequent or prolonged reaching above the shoulder? □  Yes  □  No This would depend on how well balanced the bricks are and if the bike accidentally runs over a pothole or not.
Is there frequent or prolonged reaching forward? □  Yes  □  No Thankfully the trusty bit of string attached to the front wheel relieves a significant amount of the need to reach forward. However  – should the string break……
Is there frequent or prolonged twisting of the back? □  Yes  □  No More the neck – mainly to check for traffic and mischievous school kids that like to heckle and throw things.
Are loads moved over a long distance? □  Yes  □  No Can be if required.
Is the environment excessively hot or cold? □  Yes  □  No Not sure this procedure would work on ice. To be honest we haven’t tried it.
Is the environment windy? □  Yes  □  No Trying to do the job in a high wind would almost certainly guarantee serious injury for anyone passing by.
Is the floor surface uneven or slippery? □  Yes  □  No Oh – yes! Hence the need to tie a piece of string around one of the handle bars. If we didn’t do that it’d be like trying to ride one of those bikes you get at funfairs where you steer one way and the bike goes the other.
Is there adequate lighting? □  Yes  □  No Through one eye – yes. The other however, has to be kept tightly shut or you’ll end up with an eyeful of brick dust.
Is there adequate space?  □  Yes  □  No Although it does depend on what for. Anything more than tentatively putting one foot in front of the other and it’s a resounding no!



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