Manual Handling Case Study 14 Handling Drums

On Screen Text
Worker loading drums onto shelves in chemical store

Scene 1:
The scene starts with a character transporting a 50kg drum on a trolley from the laboratory to the chemical stores. The chemical store consists of a steel wardrobe with shelves. The door is opened and there are two shelves, the lower shelf is already full with two drums in place. The character lifts the drum awkwardly from the trolley and lifts the drum into position on the higher shelf in the chemical stores.

On Screen Text:
Need to carry out a risk assessment of this task:

  • Look at how the job is carried out
  • Collect information: Load weight, etc
  • Identify risk factors with the job
  • Make changes to improve the job

On Screen Text:
Risk Factors/Problems:

Scene 2:
Still image of characters taken from scene 1, attempting to lift the 50kg drum from the trolley to the higher shelf . Large Red “X” marks indicate the risk factors with the job.

  • Load is too heavy 
  • Prevented from handling at a safe height
  • Physical effort is too strenuous
  • Bending and twisting of the trunk
  • Unwieldy or difficult to grasp

On Screen Text:
The New System of Work

Scene 3:

The scene begins showing a trolley with an adjustable table. A drum is stored on this trolley. The character pushes the trolley from the laboratory to the chemical stores, the trolley is aligned perpendicular to the shelving in the stores. The character adjusts the table to make it flush with the shelving, the character then pushes the drum from the table onto the shelf.

On Screen Text:
Manual Handling : Assess to avoid, reduce or reorganise