What are the Different Levels of Exertion?

//What are the Different Levels of Exertion?

What are the Different Levels of Exertion?

When determining whether a claimant can perform a job, the Social Security Administration will consider any of the claimant’s limitations and compare them to a job’s physical exertion requirements.  The Social Security Administration breaks jobs down into the categories based on the following levels of physical exertion required by the job: sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy.  The following is a list of the physical demands for each job classification:

1. Sedentary Work

Lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time

Occasional lifting or carrying of objects such as files and small tools

Occasional walking and standing

2. Light Work

Lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time

Frequent lifting an carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds

Frequent walking or standing, or alternatively, sitting while pushing or pulling arm and leg controls.

3. Medium Work

Lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time

Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds

4. Heavy Work

Lifting no more than 100 pounds at a time

Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds

5. Very Heavy Work

Lifting objects weighing more than 100 pounds at a time

Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing 50 pounds or more

Generally, if the Social Security administration finds a claimant capable of performing a given range of work, it will also find that the claimant can perform all of the ranges below it, as well.  Two common exceptions to this are if a claimant has difficulty sitting for significant periods of time or if a claimant has difficulty performing fine manipulations with the hands.  In these cases, it is possible for a claimant to be found capable of performing light work but incapable of performing sedentary work.

By | 2015-06-23T16:54:49+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Social Security Disability|0 Comments

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