What is the purpose of this calculator?
The purpose of this calculator is to help users assess forceful exertion during push, pull, or carry tasks. Using excessive force during these tasks can cause musculoskeletal injury.
In conjunction with this calculator, what information should I look at to assess the risks of pushing, pulling, or carrying?
Users of this calculator should refer to the MSI Prevention Guidance Sheet for Pushing/Pulling/Carrying (PDF 32kb) from the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. This guidance sheet provides detailed information on assessing the risks associated with push, pull, and carry tasks.
What data is the calculator based upon?
This calculator is based on data from a manual handling study commonly referred to as the Snook tables:
Snook, S. H. and V. M. Ciriello. 1991. The design of manual handling tasks: Revised tables of maximum acceptable weights and forces.
Ergonomics 34 (9): 1197-1213.
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