Most bottled water coolers can accept plastic bottles that contain 19 litres of water. This is only just below the threshold of what the Health and Safety executive say is a safe lifting limit. These 19 litre water bottles have to be lifted to above elbow height to put them up onto the top of the water dispenser.
An average bottle of water for a water cooler weighs 19 kg; a litre is the same as a kilo, which is a fairly considerable weight. Many bottled water coolers are located in admin offices, schools, care homes, and clinics, where there are not always people available to lift such a weight, to the required height. But what is 19 litres of water, comparable to, in weight?
19 kilos of water is the same as:
- 6 billion grains of sand!
- 3 bowling balls
- 4 gallons of paint
- 2 dachshund dogs
- 14 human brains
- 45 footballs
- 60 human hearts
- 200 decks of playing cards
Of course, the easiest solution to prevent your staff from being involved in any type of unnecessary manual lifting is to get rid of the bottled cooler all together (where possible). Plumbed in water coolers are connected to mains water and so there is no need to have any bottles of water delivered to your office at all.
Our mains water coolers deliver you a constant source of fresh, filtered and chilled water, wherever and whenever you need it. Meaning no more employees lifting something that weighs the same as 350 tennis balls!
* All weights taken from blue bulb projects.com