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Unitof1 Wrote:The hand and wrist tendons are extremely complicated, constant troweling is bloody stupid.

I tend to agree with Unit, in that it should be a case of using the most appropriate tool for the job. I don't think that there's necessarily anything wrong with trowelling of itself, but there are situations when other tools are more suitable, in that it'll produce an equally good result, will probably be quicker, and won't result in everyone on site going down with a bad case of what one former project officer used to characterise as 'w*nker's cramp'
Has anyone ever seen a risk assesment that includes troweling and its associated problems or does it get lumped in with manual handling? I would have thought that "Carpel Tunnel" was an industrial injury and claims could be made

How many people draw with one edge of the board on the ground and bent double over it something that makes me cringe every time I see it. Look after your back you only have one and they are not easy to fix !!
theres repetative and theres infininite circularity.

if RSI is the excuse, the sympom, or just a sad fact.

As I've heard before H&S can put a bottom dollar on that as a risk factorised process, but no ones interested in H&S cos they don't think about it
it could be worse, you could have Motor Neurone Disease like Derek Bailey http://thequietus.com/articles/06324-ste...ms?page=14
Quote:a bad case of what one former project officer used to characterise as 'w*nker's cramp'

Dino was talking about this ailment on the 'Pinkeye' thread, he described it as conjunctivitis . . .

That's assuming you're referring to winker's cramp . . .
Wax Wrote:Has anyone ever seen a risk assesment that includes troweling and its associated problems or does it get lumped in with manual handling? I would have thought that "Carpel Tunnel" was an industrial injury and claims could be made..........<snip>

Doubt whether this would be included within a risk assessment?? After all walking correctly, shoveling correctly, breathing correctly etc aren't. Risk assessments don't cover absolutely every possibility, just the most risky ones. Severity and likelihood of happening should be part of the assessment. Although lots of industries forget the second one!

Wouldn't this come under training? Probably covered in manual handling.

There are however, guidelines on proper use of power tools including maximum periods of constant use due to risk of repetitive strain.
CTS is classed under the industrial diseases. I have never come accross any mention of it specifically-though it would probably come under the vibrational injuries side of things. Mine happened on site, fine one day, completely stuffed the next and requiring surgery to fix (no other option was available). I think it should be seriously considered as a work hazzard in archaeology, a colleage who worked next to me on the same project is having some issues with his wrists, though not as severe.
Seems like education about this disease needs to be spread..............
Found this..............here


What research is being done?


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the federal government's leading supporter of biomedical research on neuropathy, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Scientists are studying the chronology of events that occur with carpal tunnel syndrome in order to better understand, treat, and prevent this ailment. By determining distinct biomechanical factors related to pain, such as specific joint angles, motions, force, and progression over time, researchers are finding new ways to limit or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace and decrease other costly and disabling occupational illnesses.
Randomized clinical trials are being designed to evaluate the effectiveness of educational interventions in reducing the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome and upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders. Data to be collected from a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-sponsored study of carpal tunnel syndrome among construction workers will provide a better understanding of the specific work factors associated with the disorder, furnish pilot data for planning future projects to study its natural history, and assist in developing strategies to prevent its occurrence among construction and other workers. Other research will discern differences between the relatively new carpal compression test (in which the examiner applies moderate pressure with both thumbs directly on the carpal tunnel and underlying median nerve, at the transverse carpal ligament) and the pressure provocative test (in which a cuff placed at the anterior of the carpal tunnel is inflated, followed by direct pressure on the median nerve) in predicting carpal tunnel syndrome. Scientists are also investigating the use of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, to prevent and treat this disorder.
Rather late on this, sorry. But yeah, I have something similar but it's the two middle fingers of my left hand rather than the smallest and ring finger. Allegedly it's the same but called something different. It comes and goes. Now it's pretty bad. Something to do with nerves in the elbow region. I feel your pain, anyway. Hope it's improved since the injection. I have a feeling I'm just beginning to fall to bits at a faster rate than I used to.
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