Risk assessment

 

Activity Potential risks Control strategies
Lifting the Memorial Box The First World War Memorial Box weighs 23 kilograms and the other Memorial Boxes weigh approximately 28 kilograms. Lifting a Memorial Box incorrectly may lead to injury.
  • The Memorial Boxes should only be lifted by two adults.
  • SMART lifting techniques are recommended to lift the Memorial Boxes safely:
    • Size up the load in terms of the size, shape and weight.
    • Move the load as close to the body as possible.
    • Always bend the knees to maintain balance and minimise lower back bending.
    • Raise the load with the legs in order to achieve a smooth lift.
    • Turn feet in the direction in which the load needs to be moved in order to avoid unnecessary bending, twisting and reaching.
Moving the Memorial Box Moving the Memorial Box without using the handles and wheels appropriately may lead to injury.
  • When moving a Memorial Box, the handle should be extended as far as possible.
  • Tilt the Memorial Box at an appropriate angle to engage the wheels.
  • In the event that the Memorial Box needs to be moved a long distance, it is recommended that the case is lifted safely onto a trolley.
Opening and closing the lid on the Memorial Box

Both the First World War and the Vietnam Memorial Boxes have hinged lids. These lids may close unexpectedly if left unattended and this may lead to injury.

The lids on the other Memorial Boxes are secured by latches and all need to be released in order to open the cases. Opening and closing these lids incorrectly may lead to injury.

  • Only open the Memorial Box when it is flat on the floor.
  • The lid should be secured when the Memorial Box is not being used.
  • The lid should only be opened and closed by an adult.
  • In the event that the lid needs to remain open, the stoppers must be in place, and the Memorial Box should be supervised at all times by an adult.
Using small items within the Memorial Box The small items in the Memorial Box may present a potential choking hazard for small children.
  • All the items in the Memorial Boxes should only be handled under strict adult supervision.