569. Manual handling operations.

Every employer1, so far as is reasonably practicable2, must avoid the need for his employees3 to undertake any manual handling operations (that is, any transporting or supporting of a load4 by hand or by bodily force5) at work, which involves a risk of the employees' being injured6. In determining for these purposes whether manual handling operations at work involve a risk of injury and in determining the appropriate steps to reduce that risk, regard must be had in particular to:

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    (1)     the physical suitability of the employee to carry out the operations;

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    (2)     the clothing, footwear or other personal