Evaluation and quantification of manual materials handling risk factors.
Sesek-R; Gilkey-D; Drinkaus-DCP; Bloswick-D; Herron-R
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2003 Oct-Dec; 9(3):271-287
This study investigated the ability of the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) to measure the risk of low back injury as verified by employee health outcomes. In addition, several basic risk factors and combinations of risk factors presumed related to low back disorders were explored. The RNLE was modified to allow analysis of one-handed and two-handed, asymmetric lifts. Predictive performance was not changed. Simplifying the RNLE by removing several variables did not significantly reduce the RNLE's predictive performance. These modifications to the RNLE show promise for increasing both the usability and utility of the RNLE.
Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Manual-materials-handling; Materials-handling; Injuries; Back-injuries; Employee-health; Occupational-diseases; Injury-prevention
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah