A Quick & Easy Ergonomic Lifting Calculator
How much can be safely lifted, and from what angle?
The question people often have when they design warehouse work flow is, “how much can we lift by hand?” The answer to that question isn’t cut-and-dried. It all depends on the angle, the approach, the frequency, weight and reaching/twisting requirements.
The Washington State Department of Labor and Oregon OSHA have created an interactive application to help when you need to answer these questions about how or whether to lift a load by hand. Difficult loads at difficult angles may require team lifting or lifting devices such as hoists or scissor lift tables. This application should be helpful in helping you understand the most appropriate ways to lift a particular load–and it’s a breeze to use. Just answer a couple of questions and it will return recommendations about safe lifting of that particular item in that circumstance.
More on Ergonomic Lifting Practices
- Ergonomic Lifting Application from OSHA
- “Warehouse Ergonomics: A Quick Guide”
- “Ergonomics, Heavy Lifting, and Material Handling”
- “Why Warehouse Workers Ignore Safe Lifting Procedures”
- Lifting Equipment Types, Specifications and More
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.