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Before you start any move, it is a good idea to stop and think about what you are going to do. Problems occur when you move something without giving it any thought. You should consider if it is necessary to move the object, and is it safe to do so. Do you need assistance from another person? Or will it be necessary to use lifting equipment? The assessment is not limited to the load itself. You need to consider, is the access route clear? Are the doors open? Consider the lighting. If there is not adequate lighting, this may be a problem. Do you need to stop halfway and rest or change your grip? How far will you be moving the load, and will protective clothing or equipment be required? Just because you have moved the load many times before, you still need to complete a mini risk assessment every time you move the load, just like you always look before crossing the road to ensure it is safe to proceed.