Manual Materials Handling
These online "Liberty Mutual Manual Materials Handling Population Percentiles" are based on the Liberty Mutual Manual Materials Handling Equations published by Potvin, et al., 2021. This manual material handling analysis online tool provides both the male and female population percentages capable of performing manual material handling tasks without perceived overexertion. The user is strongly advised to use the female population percentiles for design purposes (see “Interpreting Results”). The results can be used to perform ergonomic assessments of lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying tasks with the primary goal of supporting ergonomic design interventions. This online tool provides the basic population percentiles but a full-featured iPhone app, ErgoValuator™, co-developed by Liberty Mutual and Kinetica Labs, will be available on the Apple App Store starting July 1, 2021. ErgoValuator™ allows data collection assisted by vision recognition AI and provides Liberty population percentile, NIOSH Revised Lifting Equation, Energy Expenditure, what-if, and sensitivity analysis tools to guide task redesign decision-making. A proprietary feature of ErgoValuator™ allows estimation of the impact of task redesign changes on back injury rate. For more information contact Kinetica Labs.
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