1st Edition

Manual Lifting A Guide to the Study of Simple and Complex Lifting Tasks

    256 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    256 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Commonly used throughout the world, manual lifting tasks—whether simple or complex—all involve variable loads, postures, and movements. This practical guide discusses how to analyze the intricate lifting function and prevent injury during its execution. Outlining revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) methods, the book illustrates their use in assessing manual lifting tasks of varying degrees of difficulty. Using examples to reinforce presented concepts, it explains how RNLE methods can be applied to evaluate single, composite, variable, and sequential lifting tasks. It also explores how to interpret and apply the results according to international standards and guidelines.


    A Brief History of the NIOSH Lifting Equation

    International Standards on Manual Lifting: ISO 11228-1 and EN 100S-2

    Methods and Criteria for Analyzing Manual Handling Tasks

    How to Analyze a Single Lifting Task

    How to Analyze a Multiple (Composite) Lifting Task (Up to 10 Variants)

    How to Analyze a Composite Lifting Task When More Than 10 Task Variants Are Present

    How to Analyze a Variable Lifting Task

    How to Analyze Sequential Lifting Tasks

    Mapping Lifting Tasks in a Company

    Reference to Available Software and Instructions for Use

    Active Health Surveillance of Workers: Procedures and Clinical Tools


    Daniela Colombini is a Senior Research Fellow and the Manager of the Research Programs in Applied Ergonomics, Polo Technological in Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milan, Italy. Enrico Occhipinti is the Director of Centre for Occupational Medicine at Foundation Ca' Granda Policlinico, Milan, Italy. Thomas Waters is a Senior Safety Engineer at NIOSH, Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Team. Enrique Alvarez is with the Department of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics at the Universitat Politecnica of Catalonia, Spain.