Heavy load: factors aggravating the arduousness of manual handling
Load factors can make handling more difficult. For example, the weight, size and shape of the load. In the case of handling wine barrels, the size of the barrel makes manual handling difficult. A cardboard box does not have a good grip to retrieve it from the floor. Whether the load is located high or on the ground can be another difficulty.
The work premises are also to be taken into account. If the work area is cramped, the floor is cluttered or in poor condition or slippery, these factors make the operator’s job more delicate.
Factors related to the work environment such as a cold environment in the food industry (cold storage), a hot environment or bad weather as in the building and construction sectors.
Finally, the organizational factors found in many sectors, which require fast rhythms, repetitive gestures and work in a hurry, complicate the work of operators.