Solution Summary: Rubberized Handle Trowels
The rubberized hand trowel is an engineering control that may help reduce stressful hand and wrist activity. This hand trowel is a device used to smooth concrete, and has a rubberized handle that may help reduce the amount of stress on the operator's wrists and hands.
Figure 1. An example of a rubberized hand trowel
Figure 2. Second example of a rubberized hand trowel.
Many variables should be considered when choosing a hand tool, such as shape of handle, length of grip, and grip surface. An optimal grip surface is made of non-slip, semi-pliable material. Trowels with rubber handles decrease stress on the hand and wrist while maintaining the best grip possible.
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 rubberized hand trowel can help reduce stressful hand and wrist activity by providing workers with a more optimal grip.
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Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC and Cassie Malecha, DPT – Eastern Washington University
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