Ergonomic Evaluation of Electric Mobile Hoists

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Manual handling is known to be a major contributory factor in the high level of musculoskeletal injury among health care workers. One increasingly popular way to attempt to decrease total load handling is to use mechanical aids. There has been considerable growth in the range of moving and handling equipment being marketed to the health care industry but relatively little evaluation of its design or usability. Often purchasing decisions are made on an anecdotal basis from personal experience or recommendations and, while that information can be of considerable value, it will always be skewed by personal bias.

In order to provide robust ergonomic advice on which to base a purchasing recommendation for electric mobile hoists at a large teaching hospital, an ergonomic product evaluation was carried out consisting of both expert evaluation and user trials. The outcome is a purchasing recommendation for occasional use hoists (LIKO Uno, Oxford Major and Invacare Opale) and for frequent use hoists (LIKO Golvo and LIKO Uno). Although these are currently the recommended products, the results from the evaluation suggest that there is still room for design improvements.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

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    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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