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

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

July 10, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 256 Pages - 86 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439856635 - CAT# K12661
Series: Ergonomics Design & Mgmt. Theory & Applications


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  • Presents applications of RNLE for all types of lifting tasks
  • Includes a special chapter devoted to procedures for Active Health Surveillance of workers who perform manual handling tasks
  • Explains procedures and applications with examples
  • Defines different types of lifting tasks, with instructions on how to analyze each


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.


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