Human physiological capabilities for prolonged manual lifting tasks

A. M. Genaidy, T. M. Khalil, S. S. Asfour, R. C. Duncan

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The objective of this study was to determine human physiological capabilities for prolonged lifting tasks performed from the floor to table height. Frequency and weight of load were the independent variables. Oxygen consumption, minute ventilation, and heart rate were the dependent variables. Physiological responses were monitored continuously for each frequency-load combination. Eleven male subjects participated in the experiments. The duration of each experimental session was controlled by the subject. Each subject was instructed to perform the lifting task continuously until he could not maintain it any longer due to complete physical exhaustion. Each subject was given 10 minutes of rest every 50 minutes of work and 1 hour for lunch after the fourth hour of work. The upper limit of lifting duration was set to 8 hours. One of the main findings obtained from this study was that a physiological fatigue limit (PFL) is a function of lifting task parameters (frequency, weight of load, and task duration). Thus, one cannot recommend a single PFL value such as 1 liter/min for lifting tasks of varied work durations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-280
Number of pages11
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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