Some of the parameters that are taken into consideration include the weight being lifted, the height of the object where the object is being lifted to, distance from the employee’s body, how often the weight is lifted, age and multiple other factors.
The ACGIH (American Conference of Industrial Hygienists) recommends to minimize lifting to 70 lbs., while the NIOSH (US National Institute of Safety and Health) recommends limiting the weight to 50 lbs. However, both sides would agree to lower the maximum weight even further when frequent lifting is involved.
In the UK there is no standard, but its reported that more than a third of all reported injuries that required more than three days to recover are caused by manual handling - the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force.
The pie chart shows the pattern for over-three-day injuries reported in 2001/02, with manual handling contributing to 39% of all injuries.
While every country has their particular regulation, there is a general trend throughout all the world towards the standards set by the US. And, safety standards aside, the cost to the factory in lost work days due to manual handling, compensation due to debilitating injury, and government fines due to work methods are all reasons to remove manual lifting from your factory.
LaborSave is an automatic sack emptying system that completely eliminates the manual lifting of sacks. LaborSave is also approved by 4 of the world’s major standards agencies for its high level of safety.
We invite you to learn more about LaborSave and how it can raise the level of safety at your factory.