Evaluation of the Benefits of Litelift™ Ergonomic Bags
The main purpose of this collaborative evaluation was to determine the advantages of Litelift™ ergonomic bags compared to standard trash bags currently being used in a large not-for-profit health care organization. Litelift™ bags are specially designed with a handle on the bottom of the bag, and as the employees tie the top of the bag it becomes a second handle, which allows the employee to distribute the load evenly. During the course of the evaluation, we tested two of the four different types of ergonomic Litelift™ bags: large trash can liners and laundry linen bags.
It was not expected that a reduction in the number of injuries would be reduced given the short study period. However, with a 37% reduction of risk, it is expected that the number of injuries will be reduced significantly. Per injury prevented, this company on average would realize a direct savings of over $36,000 in worker’s compensation costs.
Georgi Popov, Ph.D. QEP
University of Central Missouri
Elyce Biddle, Ph.D.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
West Virginia University