1. Keep Your Wrist Straight, in a Neutral Position.
Often the only thing standing between you and high voltage are your insulated gloves, but when wearing these, it can be difficult to properly bend your wrists, which can increase your risks associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Stay conscious of keeping your wrist in a neutral position always, with your wrist in alignment with your forearm or the “handshake” position.
2. Use Low Force Trigger Engagements.
As battery-powered tools continue to replace cumbersome hand tools, correlations are being drawn between constant trigger use and trigger finger tendonitis. Ensure you’re using tools that reduce the force needed to engage the trigger. Tools like the M18™ FORCE LOGIC 12- Ton Crimper, which is pictured here, can tremendously cut down on the force required to operate the tool.
Use Only the Amount of Force Necessary for the Task.
Overexertion and working in awkward postures can cause inflammation of the tendon you’re using. Fully positioning your hand on the tool allows for greater force to be applied without overexerting yourself.
4. Use Power Tools When Available and Select the Correct Handle Orientation.
Elbow Epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow, is common for linemen. This type of injury is due to overexertion while operating tools in an awkward posture. This can be substantially reduced by switching to battery-operated solutions such a high torque impact wrench. Let the tool do much of the exertion for you.
5. Work Near Elbow Height.
Overhead work causes a wide range of potential problems, one of which is potential to tear your rotator cuff. Moving the bucket to be in the proper orientation or taking an extra step while climbing up the pole will allow you to work in your power zone (below shoulders, above the waist).