Risk ControlHand ToolsErgonomic Solutions at a GlanceDescription of IssueNot using a mechanical tool, or using one incorrectly, can result in repetitive, forceful motions, which can causeinjury to an individual’s hands, arms and shoulders.Related injuries:• Carpal Tunnel (CTS)• Elbow strain• Vibration syndrome• Trigger finger• Shoulder strainPossible Solutions1 – Use Mechanical Power, not Muscles. Reduces repetitive, forceful muscle exertions. Improves body postures. Improves quality by delivering consistent torque, and less damage to fasteners or component parts. Increases productivity Increased costs associated with tools and preventive maintenance.Cost: $500 +2 – Properly use Pneumatic Tool Objective: Select and use a pneumatic tool that will keep the wrist, elbow and shoulder in a neutral posture.Use an Pistol Grip Driver when the fastener is:• Vertical & Overhead or Below the Knees• Horizontal & at Waist HeightUse an Inline Driver when the fastener is:• Horizontal & Overhead or Below the Knees• Vertical & at Waist LevelSome battery-operated drivers can switch between the pistol grip andinline position.