Lift Coach: Plan Your Route is a puzzle game that engages players in planning how they will safely lift and move construction materials on a jobsite to avoid injury. This game and the Lift Coach: Plan Your Lift 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 Route game, players will build up strain faster or slower depending on the decisions they make when planning how they will lift and move an object. Completing work involves moving the object from one part of the jobsite to another. Seems straightforward, but not if you don’t plan ahead. Moving objects safely involves identifying when to use lifting equipment or get help from a co-worker, as well as identifying potential hazards along the route. As you advance through the game the size of the jobsite increases and becomes more complex.
Lift Coach: Plan Your Route features: -Randomly assigned levels of varying difficulty. -Lifting equipment such as hand trucks and lifting partners. -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.
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.
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.
To learn more about CPWR’s research and training programs visit www.cpwr.com.