01/12/2017

Getting a Grip on Hand Tool Ergonomicsprint this article

Using hand tools to install a ceiling fan, fix a car, or repair plumbing are
just a few situations where you can find yourself working with tools held above
your head, in tight spaces, and in awkward body positions for extended periods.
By properly selecting and using hand tools, you can prevent serious injuries,
musculoskeletal disorders and unnecessary suffering, as well as lost workdays.

For many workers, using hammers, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, and other hand
tools is part of their day-to-day work. Non-powered and powered hand tools,
such as drills, are widely used in a variety of industries as well as at home.

Along with common injuries such as cuts and bruises, the frequent and extended
use of hand tools can cause soreness, aches, pains, and fatigue, which, when
ignored, can lead to chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal
disorders are injuries or disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system,
including muscles, tendons and nerves. Common examples of musculoskeletal
disorders are tendonitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, tennis elbow
(epicondylitis), and carpal tunnel syndrome.

You can help reduce these types of injuries and work-related musculoskeletal
disorders by choosing the right tool for the job and using it correctly. Using
a well-designed tool that fits your hand without causing awkward postures or
harmful contact pressures, will help decrease the physical demand required to
complete the task. If you use a tool that doesn't fit your hand or use it in a
way in which it was not intended, you risk developing an injury.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety