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.
You never expected your life activities to be so limited by injury, illness, aging – constant pain. You might feel trapped. You might feel like you can’t do anything. You might think that your future is now a closed door. Your mind might feel like a foggy cloud without a thought of what could be.
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 …” ???
Here are some highlights from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report:
-In 2014, 17.1% of persons with a disability were employed
-Unemployment among persons with disabilities is two times higher than the general population, regardless of education
-33% of workers with disabilities who are employed only work part time part time
Personal Assistive Technology Consultation has been one of the top 3 goals of DisabilityWorkTools.com from the beginning, because it is the conviction the Lord placed on my heart in the beginning. In 1997 I was graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and desired to work directly with people. I did not want to sit in a cubicle designing pistons, I wanted to…
Is it reasonable for a person with severe visual impairments to operate high-tolerance machines to manufacture parts with a lathe and mill? Would that be a good recommendation?
Skilled tradesmen with disabling conditions can search for the best and worst trades for their specific abilities. The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.
If a person has the ability to go out of their house freely, but they cannot enter the doors of our workshops, churches or offices, are they really “shut-in”?
Can’t get a job? Work to your potential and mow your own yard! Hand Control Levers allow workers with lower extremity impairments to control equipment foot pedals (such as brakes and clutch) by hand. Most brakes and clutches are controlled by foot pedals, preventing workers with lower extremity impairments to operate the equipment. Hand Control Levers are bolted onto foot pedals of lawnmowers.
Assistive technology assessments help individual workers determine which assistive technologies and strategies will improve their functioning on the job in spite of a disabling condition. We assess: a) the required activities to successfully perform a job, b) the human factors of the worker, and c) the environment in which the work will be done. Without an assistive technology assessment, a worker and his employer will not be aware of the many ways to make a tradesman’s worksite accessible to a person with a disability.