Ergonomic issues in team lifting

Barrett, R. S. and Dennis, G. J. (2005) Ergonomic issues in team lifting. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 15 3: 293-307. doi:10.1002/hfm.20027

Author Barrett, R. S.
Dennis, G. J.
Title Ergonomic issues in team lifting
Journal name Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-8471
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/hfm.20027
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 293
End page 307
Total pages 15
Editor G. Salvendy
W. Karwowski
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
730220 Injury control
321402 Biomechanics
Abstract In this article we review and critique the current body of scientific knowledge regarding the use of team lifting including: (a) psychophysical studies of team lifting capacity, and (b) studies of manual handling, patient handling, and stretcher carriage performed by lifting teams. The consensus of the research literature is that team-lifting capacity is greater than the lifting capacity of an individual, but that the capacity of lifting teams is less than the summed capacity of individual team members. Further, biomechanical, psychophysical, and physiological stress tends to be reduced compared to the equivalent lifts and transfers performed by individuals. However, the stress associated with team lifting depends on a broad range of individual team member, load, task and environmental factors, which can interact in unexpected ways. Caution is therefore recommended against making broad assumptions regarding the use of team lifting. Future studies are needed to examine how effort and load are distributed among lifting team members, with emphasis on identifying factors that may increase the risk of injury.
Keyword Team lifting
Psychophysical approach
Psychophysical studies
Post-carry performance
Manual materials handling
Low-Back Disorders (LBD)
Spinal loads
Patient handling
Stretcher carriage
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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