Even though they are small, hand tools can cause injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and muscle strain. To avoid these injuries, use double-handled hand tools ergonomically and safely by doing the following:
- Use a tool with a grip of at least 2 inches when closed and no more than 3-1/2 inches when open for power tasks.
- Use a tool with a grip span of no less than 1 inch when closed and no more than 3 inches when open for precision tasks. Use spring-loaded handle tools only.
- Avoid tool with dull edges or those without finger grooves.
- Select tools with soft material coating and non-slip surfaces. Always keep your wrists straight while using hand tools, and select those that can be used in either hand.
- Use tools with a handle longer than the widest part of your hand for high-force tasks.
But no matter what tool you are using, always use caution and safe practices. Even the unsuspecting screwdriver can cause serious injuries when not used properly. If you’re unsure about the proper use of any tool, contact the manufacturer.