The use of assistance while lifting

Michael A. Vojtecky, Philip Harber, James W. Sayre, Elizabeth Billet, Steven Shimozaki

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Using assistance during lifting is a desirable behavior. Assistance can eliminate or reduce the amount of biomechanical stress associated with a lift, significantly reducing the risk of low back injury. This paper describes lifting activities engaged in by nursing care workers. Only 15% of all lifts performed by the hospital nursing personnel in this study were assisted lifts. The analysis suggests that the use of assistance can be associated with specific factors such as type of object lifted, work stress associated with the lift, number of preparations that must be made before the lift can be attempted, years of experience of the lifter, and the idiosyncratic behavior patterns of lifters with respect to using assistance. It is recommended that attention be given to psychological and social, as well as biomechanical, factors in the control of low back injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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