Generic moving computers risk assessment

An outline of the potential hazards in moving computers.


Title of activity:

Moving heavy computers
Location(s) of work: Informatics Forum, Appleton Tower
Brief description of work:   Moving heavy computers


HAZARD IDENTIFICATION: Identify all the hazards; evaluate the risks (low / medium / high); describe all existing control measures and identify any further measures required. Specific hazards should be assessed on a separate risk assessment form and cross-referenced with this document. Specific assessments are available for hazardous substances, biological agents, display screen equipment, manual handling operations and fieldwork.

See the University's Risk Assessment Checklist for details.



HAZARD(s) RISK L/M/H CONTROL MEASURES (i.e.alternative work methods/mechanical aids/engineering controls, etc.)
Back injuries     L
  1. The lifting operation should be carried out by 2 persons when necessary. Do not attempt to lift or move any load single handed which is likely to put you at risk of injury
  2. A trolley should be used to move the load where possible.
  3. Rest periods should be introduced if necessary.
  4. Training in lifting techniques should be provided for anyone who undertakes this activity.
Slips and trips L
  1. The work area should be clear of obstructions and spillages.
  2. All areas should be well lit, especially stairs.



Persons at Risk: Identify all those who may be at risk.

Academic staff X Technical staff X Postgraduate students X Undergraduate students  
Maintenance staff   Office staff X Cleaning staff   Emergency personnel  
Contractors   Visitors X Others      



Additional Information: Identify any additional relevant information to the activity, including supervision, training requirements, special emergency procedures, requirement for health surveillance, etc.

All persons involved must have read and understood Part Two: Section 4.7 (Manual Handling of Loads) of the University Health and Safety Policy at:

Persons with existing or previous muscular/skeletal injuries and expectant mothers must not undertake lifting operations.

The lifting operation to be carried out by 2 persons when required.

The computer should be packed in its box / packing case if possible.

Operatives must ensure that the route to be taken is free of obstructions/trip hazards. All doors should be opened and wedged if necessary.

While moving computers between locations it may be beneficial to stop for brief rests.

Once the move is complete, all wedges should be removed and all doors properly closed.

Persons who undertake this activity should be trained in manual handling techniques.* 

It is recommended to read the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) information Getting to grips with manual handling.

Note: *To arrange the manual handling training please contact Tom Whigham (



Assessment carried out by:
Name: David Hamilton Date: 25/04/2019 Review Date:  25/04/2020