Light Work

Definition - What does Light Work mean?

Light work refers to a category of physical exertion requirements pertaining specifically to an individual's job. This term is defined by the Code of Federal Regulations § 404.1567. In order for a job to qualify as light work, a person must be required to frequently lift or carry objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, but should not be required to lift any object(s) that weight more than 20 pounds at a time.

Justipedia explains Light Work

Although this weight requirement is relatively low, a job is typically put into this category when it involves a seated job that involves pushing and/or pulling different arm or leg controls, or when the job requires a person to do a substantial amount of standing or walking. In order for the Social Security Administration to determine that an individual is capable of doing light work, that person must have the ability to perform these types of tasks.

This definition was written in the context of Social Security Disability

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