Manual Lifting: A Guide to the Study of Simple and Complex Lifting Tasks, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Manual Lifting

A Guide to the Study of Simple and Complex Lifting Tasks, 1st Edition

By Daniela Colombini, Enrico Occhipinti, Enrique Alvarez-Casado, Thomas R. Waters

CRC Press

256 pages | 86 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Ergonomics Design & Mgmt. Theory & Applications

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety