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.
A trowel is a tool used for smoothing poured concrete. Trowels are also used to spread additional coatings onto finished concrete, such as sealants and adhesives. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes which make them convenient for small spaces that are not easily reached by larger trowel devices.
The trowel has two main parts: the blade and the handle. The handle is an important part, as this is where the operator holds the tool. Handles are made from many different types of materials, including wood, hard plastic, and rubber. Trowels with rubberized handles may help to decrease stress on the operator’s hands.
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
Marshalltown Company Rubberized Handle Trowels
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