The weight of re­spon­si­bil­ity

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QWe are think­ing about us­ing more vol­un­teers on the shoot to help with feed­ing, mov­ing bales, etc, but what are the le­gal weights that they can move? Are there any re­stric­tions?

AJONNY CROCK­ETT replies: Re­gard­less of whether you are pay­ing peo­ple or not, you have a le­gal obli­ga­tion and duty of care to­wards any­one help­ing out on the shoot. The weights peo­ple can shift are dif­fer­ent for men and women and are also dif­fer­ent de­pend­ing on what height the ob­jects are to be moved at. The im­por­tant thing is to prop­erly risk-as­sess each ac­tiv­ity to de­ter­mine if it is safe, iden­tify the haz­ards, and de­cide what can be done to make an ac­tion less risky.

The gen­eral guide­lines are that men should not at­tempt to lift any­thing more than 25kg with­out as­sis­tance, and women should not lift more than 13kg with­out as­sis­tance. As­sis­tance could be an­other per­son or me­chan­i­cal as­sis­tance (sack trol­leys, hoists, etc). If an ob­ject is to be lifted above shoul­der height then these weights are re­duced to 10kg for men and 7kg for women. If the ob­ject is to be held away from the body then the weights are fur­ther re­duced to 5kg and 3kg re­spec­tively.

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