What is the maximum weight that can be safely lifted by an individual?
Yet another reason why training is essential as there is no legal maximum weight that a person can safely lift or push, etc. A decision on whether a manual handling task can be performed cannot be reached through a maximum legal weight limit.
The HSE does not recommend weight limits. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) guidance gives basic guideline figures for lifting and lowering, which indicate when a more detailed risk assessment should be carried out.
Here is a link to the HSE document Manual Handling and Work.
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