All aspects of the task should be analysed in detail. This includes thinking about:
- If the load is held away from the body. The further the load is held away from the body the more stress it applies to the lower back.
- The distances the load is carried. Carrying loads over longer distances will increase the physical demands on the individual.
- Does the load need to be lifted or lowered considerable distances?
- What affect does the task have on the body posture. Does it require stooping over or twisting?
- Is there excessive pushing and pulling required?
- Does the task require frequent or prolonged physical activity? The weights that can be lifted will decrease over prolonged activity due to fatigue.
- Does the task allow for sufficient rest and recovery periods? Appropriate breaks are required to allow workers to recover from strenuous activity.
- Does the task require an imposed rate of work? For example, production lines require workers to carry out their tasks at a certain pace.
- Does the task involve handling loads from a seated position? This may increase poor posture as loads are not being lifted with the legs and excessive twisting may be taking place.
- Does the task require two or more people to handle the load?