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Re-Grip Helps Facilitate OSHA Recommendation And Its Ergonomics Assist With Prevention Of MSDs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends applying grips on all pneumatic tools for safety “Publication 3080 Hand and Power Tools – Use of heavy jackhammers and other pneumatic tools can cause fatigue and strains. Heavy rubber grips reduce these effects by providing a secure handhold”.  OSHA also states under Construction Safety Orders Article 3 Section 1520 “Hand protection shall be required for employees whose work involves unusual and excessive exposure to physical agents which are encountered and capable of causing injury or impairments”. Subchapter 7 – General Industry Safety orders Article 6 Ergonomics states “Every employer subject to this section shall establish and implement a program designed to minimize RMIs (Repetitive Motion Injuries)”.

Ergonomics has become such an important part of occupational health that the US Department of Labor and OSHA have adopted and drafted an ergonomic standard for general industry.  Even the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) got into the mix issuing the “Simple Solutions Ergonomics for Construction Workers” in 2006 (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2007-122).

“Ergonomics” is a general term that has different meanings to different audiences. Most often, this term is applied to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The U. S. Department of Labor defines an MSD as an injury or disorder of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. MSDs do not include disorders caused by slips, trips, falls, motor vehicle accidents, or similar accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes detailed characteristics for MSD cases that resulted in at least one lost day from work.  MSDs accounted for 29 percent of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work in 2007.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Effective and successful “fits” assure high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks, and increased satisfaction among the workforce. Although the scope of ergonomics is much broader, the term here refers to assessing those work-related factors that may pose a risk of musculoskeletal disorders and recommendations to alleviate them. Common examples of ergonomic risk factors are found in jobs requiring repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects; and prolonged awkward postures. Vibration and cold may add risk to these work conditions.

These US Department of Labor guidelines provide recommendations to help reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, increase employer and employee awareness of ergonomic risk factors, eliminate unsafe work practices, alleviate muscle fatigue, and increase productivity.

Re-Grip, Inc. of Lake Elsinore, California has created a solution to minimize safety risk and down time while adhering to OSHA recommendations.  Re-Grip is a universal solution to applying a new handle grip. Significantly improving the few options on the market, Re-Grip uses strong, durable elastic material to provide mechanical and environmental protection while enhancing comfort for the user. It is ergonomic and reduces muscle fatigue while having non-slip properties for better control and safety.

Replacement grips are usually specific to a particular tool or application and difficult to install. This product can fit any handle that is cylindrical or semi-cylindrical. Its applications include tools like hammers and sledges, lawn and garden items like shovels and wheelbarrows, jackhammers and other pneumatic tools, industrial applications like levers and wrenches, everyday household items like brooms and brushes, and so much more. “Its versatility is what makes it so great” says John Vernieu, Co-Founder of Re-Grip, Inc.

With its special patent pending design, Re-Grip is easy for anyone to install. The elastic grip is held extended by an inner coil, forming a tube that fits over the handle. The user simply pulls a tab at the bottom to unwind the coil, allowing the elastic grip to constrict around the handle. The entire process takes seconds. “Having Re-Grips handy on our trucks has been great.  Every time we need a replacement grip on a construction site, we simply grab a Re-Grip and in seconds we are back up and running.  It minimizes downtime while maintaining our safety requirements, which are both critical to any business.” says Jamie Bahr, owner of Inland Valley Pipe Line.

Re-Grip is available in three sizes – with clearance of 1.3”, 1.6” and 2.1” – for application with most types of handles. Length is seven inches but custom lengths are available. Product information is also available at Re-Grip.com.

Go to the web site http://www.re-grip.com and view the install videos it all comes clear.

Hilti Receives Prestigious GOOD DESIGN™ Award

Hilti DSH-700

Hilti has announced that eight products have received the prestigious GOOD DESIGN™ Award presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The eight Hilti products receiving the award consist of the PRE 3 Rotating Laser, DSH 700 & 900 Gas Saws, TE 1000-AVR and TE 1500-AVR Breakers, WSR 18-A Cordless Reciprocating Saw, SF 18-A Cordless Drill Driver and the SFH 18-A Cordless Hammer Drill Driver.

Founded in Chicago, GOOD DESIGN™ bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary and innovative product concepts, inventions and originality, and for stretching the envelope

Hilti SFH 18-A

beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.

“We are proud of this achievement, especially since this was the first time we submitted products to GOOD DESIGN™ “ says Stephan Niehaus,  corporate chief designer based in Schaan, Liechtenstein.  “We continually invest in research and development in order to provide our customers with the most innovative and enthusing products in the industry.”

“Our customers in North America consistently ask for products that increase worker comfort, safety and productivity,” stated

David Schimmel, Sr. director, Electric Tools and Accessories based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “By working together with our team in Liechtenstein, we are able to provide the type of tools our customers need to work more efficiently.”

Hilti SIW 18T-A CPC Impact Wrench And SFL 18-A CPC Lithium Ion Flashlight

The new cordless SIW 18T-A CPC lithium ion high torque impact wrench from Hilti delivers 10% more torque, which allows you to do more with cordless tools. This impact wrench packs impressive battery performance into a rugged, compact design—for complete mobility.

The impact mechanism incorporated in this Hilti tool has been finely tuned for maximum efficiency when fastening metal bolts, wood lag bolts and concrete screw anchors like the Hilti HUS Anchor. The SIW 18T-A not only achieves top performance in terms of the total number of fastenings per battery charge, its motor also provides maximum torque when needed.

If the work area is not well lit, Hilti now has the SFL 18-A CPCP Lithium Ion Flashlight that provides cool white light for thousands of hours. Finally, a drop-resistant flashlight with over 4,000 hours of expected lifetime use and, made to do more on the jobsite.

Both of these Hilti products are backed by Hilti’s Lifetime Service for two years and feature Hilti CPC Cordless Power Care that provides better performance. Developed by Hilti, CPC is a technical standard, which, for the first time, ensures that the outstanding characteristics of lithium-ion batteries can be used to full advantage even under the most adverse jobsite conditions.

What makes the CPC technology unique is that each battery cell is monitored individually to prevent deep discharge, overcharging and overheating. The battery status indicator shows, at the touch of a button, how much energy is left in the battery.

Milwaukee Introduces New-To World SAWZALL Blade Design

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces innovative new wood cutting SAWZALL Blades, in both standard and The Ax profiles, to deliver the fastest speed of cut, greatest durability against nail impacts, and the quickest plunge cut of any blade on the market.

“Until now, users have been forced to choose between wood cutting blades that deliver fast cuts, but sacrifice durability, and very durable blades that cut relatively slowly,” says Erich Herman, Director of Product Management. “As a result of this frustration, Milwaukee is excited to offer this new-to-world solution that delivers both the fastest speed of cut and the most durable teeth without trade-off.”

To address speed, Milwaukee has researched and optimized multiple design variables through a proprietary design process. The most notable change has been the shift from a 6 TPI (teeth per inch) pattern to a faster, more aggressive 5 TPI pattern. To increase tooth durability, Milwaukee has developed the patent-pending Nail Guard tooth design to prevent nails from fracturing the blade’s teeth upon impact. The cutting edge of the new tooth form remains engaged with the nail, rather than allowing nails to drop into the gullets and cause teeth-fracturing impacts. The combined result is a blade that is tougher and cuts two times faster.

Finally, Milwaukee has created a pair of, fang-like teeth and an extra large gullet to deliver the fastest plunge cut available in the industry. While ordinary designs bounce or skate along the work piece surface, this Fang Tip design bites into the wood on first contact to make the cut virtually effortless.

Milwaukee Introduces New Generation of Lithium

Milwaukee Electric Tool revolutionized cordless power tools by introducing the world’s first Lithium system, and began the industry-wide transition from NiCad to Lithium. As the clear leader in cordless battery development, Milwaukee noiw introduces the next generation of Lithium technology. REDLITHIUM™ batteries will provide unmatched run-time, performance and durability for the professional tradesman.

Fully compatible with all M12™ and M18™ cordless products currently available, the new REDLITHIUM™ batteries will provide up to 40% more run-time, 20% more power and 50% more recharges than other Lithium products. The new technology will also operate in extreme temperatures as low as 0°F/-18°C and will run 20% cooler with fade free power and no memory effect. In short, users are able to instantly upgrade the performance, run-time and durability of the M12™ and M18™ tools they already own, simply by switching to the REDLITHIUM™ battery packs.

“We are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that re-define end-user productivity, and will continue to raise industry standards for cordless performance and reliability,” says Steven Richman, president of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. “Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ batteries provide an exclusive integration of chemistry, cell design, construction and electronics to optimize the user’s experience and ultimately make users more productive on the jobsite.”

In the Fall of 2010, Milwaukee will introduce eight new cordless products* powered by REDLITHIUM™. Users will then see a full transition to REDLITHIUM™ batteries throughout all Milwaukee cordless products; including 30 unique products and 68 total offerings on theM12™ system, 25 unique products and 60 total offerings on the M18™ system and 15 unique products and 26 total offerings on the M28™ system.

REDLITHIUM™ Advantage:

Performance

Up to

·         40% More Run-Time

·         20% More Speed

·         20% More Torque

·         Fade Free Power

Durability

·         Operates Down to 0°F/-18°C

·         Runs 20% Cooler

·         Up to 50% More Recharges

·         No Memory Effect

*New Cordless Products Launching in 2010 with REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology:

2432-20 M12™ ProPEX Expander

2330 M12™ Heated Jacket

2411-20 M12™ Hammer Drill Driver

2458-20 M12™ Palm Nailer

2426-20 M12™ Multi-Tool

2632-20 M18™ ProPEX Expander

2682-20 M18™ 5-3/8” Metal Saw

2615-20 M18™ Right Angle Drill