Squeeze. Twist. Shake. Repeat. Squeeze. Twist. Shake. Repeat. Now what, pain and numbness you say? The median nerve that controls a workers hand passes through a narrow tunnel in the wrist formed by bones and the carpal ligament. High-force squeezing, sharply twisted wrists and vibrations of the hands irritate this median nerve inside the carpal tunnel. Repeating these irritating motions can permanently restrict the carpal tunnel. This is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome resulting in the disabling symptoms of numbness and pain. There are practical techniques to reduce irritating motions without stopping the work.
Can you lift a leg high enough to step up onto a bar stool? Skilled tradesmen are forced to do that each time they climb onto heavy machinery. Powerful machinery saves labor and allows skilled trade workers to complete difficult tasks safely and efficiently. Workers with disabling illness or injury need these machines more than ever, but struggle to access the operator station. We will discuss how skilled tradesmen use heavy machinery and the typical methods to climb into the operator station. With custom designed folding ladders, skilled workers with disabling illness or injury can safely climb to the operator’s station and continue their careers.
Could you build me a ___________? Custom Assistive Technology is an idea built to your specifications for individual workers! Have you dreamed of a product ‘If only I could have a …” ???
This article will explore the use of powered door operators to make equipment or “garage” entrances to work places and outbuildings accessible to people with disabilities. There is no reason a person who can enter and exit their home with ease should be shut out of the workshop.
May is Arthritis month because arthritis has to be taken seriously. It’s America’s primary cause of disability and can be painful, debilitating and costly. Disability Work Tools and the Arthritis Foundation have parallel goals of improving daily life for people with arthritis. There are many ways to adapt tools and work methods for mechanics, welders and fabricators to do their work with less pain in spite of arthritic hands and arms.