Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System

Rochester Institute of Technology

Lifting injuries affect hundreds of thousands of workers in the US each year. The injuries arise partly due to lack of training and partly from situations in which workers are required to lift heavy loads for extended periods of time. The effects of these injuries are costly, with $50 billion per year paid out in worker’s compensation.
 
This team is developing the Strong Arm, a form-fitting garment that incorporates a unique system of load-bearing straps that allows workers to lift heavy objects more easily and with significantly less risk of injury. Essentially, the system shifts the forces of lifting from the injury-prone hands, arms, neck, shoulders and lower back and distributes them evenly to stronger and more stable areas of the torso.