Have you ever suffered pain or extreme fatigue in your hand, wrist or arm after using a hand or power tool for a prolonged length of time? If so, this is a signal to look into the ergonomics of how you work. Ergonomics involves selecting the right equipment for both the task at hand and the specific worker. It also addresses the best way to hold and use your tools in the best possible way.
Here’s a few tips for best ergonomics while using tools:
- Avoid using gloves that are too large and require a stronger grip in order to use the tool – always wear correct fitting gloves and have a non-slip grip
- Select a tool with textured, non-slip handles, since a smooth handle can require you to group and hold more tightly. Be sure handles are the right size for your hands as well
- Avoid tools that are activated by a single trigger finger if you must use it for an extended period of time. Tools that are activated by a “power group” of several fingers or the entire palm will cause less stress
- Whenever possible, use ergonomically designed hand tools
Paying attention to the ergonomics of hand tools and choosing the best ones for you can help to prevent unnecessary twisting of your wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders while you work. Allowing you to work safer and avoid injuries.