What Simple Tools Prevent Lifting Injuries?

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Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 905,700 Americans missed work in 2012 thanks to occupational injuries or illnesses? Staying safe in an industrial or manufacturing environment means handling electrical parts and heavy machinery with caution. What simple tools keep workers safe?

Rubber Grommets and Leveling Feet

Putting an end to serious injury at work depends on meticulous wire management. For example, circular or oblong rubber grommets redirect wiring, cables, and cords away from sharp corners and edges and/or jagged metal pieces. Grommets are available in a number of different sizes, and some grommets are sturdy enough to hold up under extreme pressures and temperatures.

Leveling feet, on the other hand, are necessary to reduce the likelihood of back injuries, including improper lifting injuries and repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). Leveling feet can also reduce accidents resulting from sudden impact by stabilizing equipment on uneven flooring. Leveling feet are available in a number of different materials and styles. Most feature knob or pin used to quickly adjust height settings.

Nylon Fasteners and Plastic Washers

Nylon fasteners, including nylon nuts, bolts, and screws, protect workers by keeping electrical and industrial parts stable and secure. Nylon fasteners resist potentially harmful vibrations and torque. Plastic nuts, screws, and bolts can be much more convenient than their metal counterparts. For example, nylon fasteners typically do not need an additional tool, such as a power drill or punch hole, for installation. Finally, plastic screws, nuts, and bolts can be easily removed and re-fastened, making them ideal for equipment that requires regular inspection or maintenance. Plastic washers may be used with various fasteners to add tension to fasteners and equipment. This extra tension hold parts even more firmly in place. Plastic washers are available in many different materials, including nylon and polyurethane.

Industrial workers can stay safe by handling heavy equipment with care. Leveling feet dramatically reduce risks of repetitive strain injuries, and nylon nuts, bolts, and screws allow for secure fastening and simple maintenance.

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