The NIOSH Lifting Equation for Manual Lifting and Its Applications

Rashmi Shahu Shahu
2016 Journal of Ergonomics  
The literature on the problems caused by frequent lifting and lowering tasks has grown rapidly in the past few decades. This paper focuses on presenting literature on the NIOSH Lifting Equation, which is used for calculating injure-free lifting capabilities for workers who perform two-handed manual lifting tasks and using the study as a basis for applying it to a manufacturing company Technocrats India, Nagpur. The papers acquired for the study focus on the importance of the equation to reduce
more » ... he effect of Low Back Pain (LBP) associated with various lifting operations. The result of the study is a systematic research and compilation of various aspects of the equation and its applications at construction sites and industrial organizations and its use at a manufacturing company where the manufacturing process comprises the machining of the Cylinder Body part and Valve body part. The equation will be used for these to know the effect of the work on workers. The final assessment of the study is that for successful outcomes for reduction in Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) and LBP, the equation should be thoroughly considered for manual lifting practices. Assumptions Phinder et al. [13] stated the following assumptions under which the NIOSH Lifting Equation is to be considered (these would not hold if the lifting factors were interdependent): 1. Lifting factors are independent of each other 2. Effects of multipliers are co-operative 3. Each factor contributes about the same amount of risk to the overall risk of low-back injury due to a given lifting task [13] .
doi:10.4172/2165-7556.1000159 fatcat:dp52tvqe7rhwvikazkfqsx32ce