The purpose of the present study was to determine endurance time for manual lifting tasks which were performed over a wide range of loads (5, 10, 15, and 20 kg) and frequencies (4, 6, 8, and 10 times/min) for a lift from floor to table height. Endurance time was defined in this study as the maximum length of time during which an individual was capable of lifting a given load at a given frequency continuously. The upper limit of endurance time was set to 8 h. Eleven male subjects participated in this study, and the lifting technique utilized with the straight back-bent knees method. The results showed that endurance time was significantly reduced with an increase in frequency or load of lift. The lightest frequency-load combination (4 times/min; 5 kg) was maintained by most of the subjects for 8 h. Conversely, the average endurance time for the heaviest frequency-load combination (10 times/min; 20 kg) was about 27 minutes.
- Endurance time
- Manual lifting
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation