Lifting is an art, not a random task. If risk is concentrated where it can be controlled, incident rates can be reduced dramatically. It is much easier to control the variables that lead to injury in a team of two lifting members than in a population of nurses. The lifting team study shows that a 95% reduction in lost time injuries can be obtained if a professional lifting team, rather than nurses, lift clients. Secondary benefits to the lifting team approach are: greater nursing morale, recruiting tasks become easier if nurses do not have to lift, and additional time for bedside nursing care.