Solution Summary: Electronic Cable Cutter
Stressful hand and wrist activity can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as muscle strains; tendonitis, which is inflammation of elbow and wrist tendons; or carpal tunnel syndrome, which is compression of a wrist nerve, resulting in finger numbness and loss of hand strength. The electronic cable cutter can help reduce repetitive and stressful hand and wrist activity by using battery power instead of hand power to complete cuts in strong cables and wires.
How Risks are Reduced:
Electronic cable cutters reduce stressful hand and wrist activity because they lower the need to perform forceful, repetitive motions at or below the wrist. Some models also adjust so that workers do not have to sustain awkward hand and wrist postures to complete a job.
Safety and health experts believe electronic cable cutters will help to reduce stressful hand and wrist activity because they lessen the need for workers to perform repetitive wrist and hand movements that have been known to cause MSDs such as carpal tunnel syndrome (da Costa 2010). Additionally, manual cable cutting puts high force demands on the hand and wrist, which could lead to MSDs (van der Molen 2005). Electronic cable cutters significantly lower force demands.
Effects on Productivity:
An electronic cable cutter may increase productivity by reducing fatigue caused by using repetitive hand force to cut cables and wires.
Electronic cable cutters put workers at risk of cuts if the tool is not used correctly. Review instructions and safety warnings in the operator’s manual before using an electronic cable cutter.
Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC; and Elizabeth Seidl, SPT – Eastern Washington University
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