Handling materials

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35. Handling materials
35.1. Manual lifting and carrying
35.1.1. Where reasonable and practicable, mechanical ap-
pliances should be provided and used for lifting and carrying loads.
35.1.2. Workers required to handle loads should be iii-
structed how to lift and carry safely.
35.1.3. In particular, the strain of lifting should be taken by
the legs and not by the back.
35.1.4. No person should be employed to, lift, carry or move
any load which, by reason of its weight, is likely to jeopardise his
health or safety.
35.1.5. No adult male worker should lift or carry a load
exceeding 50 kg (110 ib) in weight.
35.1.6. No male young person should lift or carry a load
exceeding 20 kg (44 ib) in weight.
35.1.7. No female young person should lift or carry a reason-
ably compact load exceeding 15 kg (33 lb) in weight.
35.1.8. No adult woman should lift or carry a load exceeding
20 kg (44 ib) in weight.
35.1.9. No pregnant woman, and no young person under tle
age of 16, should lift or carry loads.
35.1.10. When long objects such as poles are being carried by
a number of workers;
the last worker should give the signals for lifting and dropping;
all the workers should lift and drop the object simultaneously
on being given the appropriate signals;
all the workers should be on the same side of the object;
when crossing slopes the workers should be on the uphill side
of the object; and
the object should not be thrown down over the head.
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