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Document ID (ISN)63646
CIS number 95-363
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Reddell C.R., Congleton J.J., Huchingson R.D., Montgomery J.F.
Title An evaluation of a weightlifting belt and back injury prevention training class for airline baggage handlers
Bibliographic information Oct. 1992, Vol.23, No.5, p.319-329. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract A study was carried out on 642 baggage handlers wearing a weightlifting belt and/or receiving a 1 h back injury prevention training class; a control group received neither belt nor training. The main finding was that groups with participants who discontinued the use of the belt had a higher lost workday case injury incident rate than did the group receiving training only or the control group. The weightlifting belt is not therefore recommended as a lifting aid during the daily work activities of baggage handlers; use of the belts may in fact increase the risk of injury when not wearing the belt following a period of use.
Descriptors (primary) manual lifting; back disorders; back belts; personal protective equipment; air transport
Descriptors (secondary) evaluation of equipment; safety and health training; comfort assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Belts, harnesses and lifelines
Personal protection
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system