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How to Select Tools that Fit You and the Job

This 3 minutes safety training video covers: What is the importance of ergonomically design tools, when is the best time to use power tools, how to prevent developing a vibration white finger disease, why you shouldn’t modify a tool, why you should use tools only for their right purpose. Click here to watch the 18 minutes full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

Hand and power tools allow construction workers to perform tasks that they could never do without them. But tools can also be dangerous. Injuries involving hand and power tools send almost half a million people to the emergency room every year and cause a significant number of fatalities as well.

Atlantic’s training products on "Hand and Power Tool Safety in Construction Environments" discuss hand and power tool hazards, and show employees the equipment and safe practices they can use to prevent injuries on a job site.

All of the products... the new "Micro-Learning" and full-length online courses as well as the DVDs and interactive CD courses... discuss topics that are integral to employees" understanding of these issues.

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Video Transcript

There are "ergonomically" designed tools with curved handles that keep your wrist straight and help to prevent "tendonitis" or "carpal tunnel syndrome" from developing. Hand tools are fine for small jobs, but when there is a lot of work to be done you should use power tools to cut down on the wear and tear on your body. Power tools can prevent repetitive stress injuries by doing the hard work for you.However, the force behind these tools can create problems as well. Some power tools produce vibrations that can damage the bloodvessels in your hand, causing it to go numb. Since this condition, known as "vibration white finger disease," effects blood circulation, the tips of your fingers may turn white. If using tools is causing pain in your hand, wrist or arm, see your doctor.