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HSE new Manual Handling Tool

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

This tool will help you identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.


  • There are two types of pulling and pushing operations you can assess using this tool:
    • moving loads on wheeled equipment, such as hand trolleys, pump trucks, carts or wheelbarrows;
    • moving loads without wheels, which might involve actions such as dragging/sliding, churning (pivoting and rolling) and rolling.
  • For each type of assessment there is a flow chart, an assessment guide and a score sheet. The flow charts provide an overview of the risk factors and assessment process, while the assessment guides provide information to help you determine the level of risk for each factor.


Law At Work have already assisted a client in using this assessment tool for investigation a regular work task of pulling and pushing heavy loads leading to simple changes to work practices and reduction in load weights. 

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