The Lift Coach: Plan Your Lift game engages players in using safer postures to lift and move an object. This game and the Lift Coach: Plan Your Route game are part of CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training’s BEST BUILT PLANS: BUILD SAFETY INTO EVERY JOB, which focuses on ways to prevent injuries from manually lifting and moving construction materials.
In the Lift Coach: Plan Your Lift game, players can correct the on-screen character in the act of lifting and moving an object. The goal is to avoid actions that can increase the risk of being hurt, such as lifting and moving in awkward postures, bending and twisting, and overreaching. The character starts off in a neutral posture, but will switch to ones that could result in unnecessary strain. It’s up to you to notice and correct what the character is doing. You’ll need to pay attention and react quickly to avoid building up too much strain and getting injured. Levels will get harder as you progress through the game. Complete all five levels to earn all three badges.
Lift Coach: Plan Your Lift features:
• 5 levels of varying difficulty plus an interactive tutorial.
• 5+ corrective gestures to memorize and perfect.
• Available in English and Spanish.
• Badge earning through the Simcoach Skill Arcade.
The information in this game and the other resources in the BEST BUILT PLANS program are intended to raise awareness of the risks associated with manually lifting and moving materials and the importance of planning, and to introduce engineering controls, work practices, and lifting techniques that can help to reduce the risk for injury.
The Lift Coach game series was developed by CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training in partnership with Simcoach the developer.
The Best Built Plans: Build Safety Into Every Job program includes resources that workers and contractors can use to reduce the need for, and risks associated with, manual materials handling, including storing materials off the ground, setting weight limits, using lifting equipment for heavy materials, and planning at each stage of a project to ensure materials are moved safely.
CPWR is a nonprofit that serves as the research and training arm of NABTU and as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Construction Center. In this capacity, CPWR works to reduce or eliminate occupational safety and health hazards faced by construction workers through research and the development of a broad array of training programs and other resources.
Funding is provided by Cooperative Agreements ES06185 and ES09764 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIEHS or NIH.
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