Doing construction work can be incredibly rough on a person’s body. Over the years, injuries or arthritis can make working more difficult. Many contractors suffer from hand pain, back pain, knee pain, and neck pain. As much as it can hurt to go to work, it’s hard to leave behind a career that brings you enjoyment and passion. If you love your job but need a little extra support managing the tools for it these days, these devices can help.
1. Foot Operated Workstation
This attachment converts a Jawhorse Work Station (sold separately) or Jawhorse Sheetmaster (also sold separately) into a welding station that can be operated with one arm, via foot pedals. For any metal worker with only one functional arm, the attachment allows them to position parts in a secure but adjustable arrangement, at any angle. They can then use tools with a free hand, while working with the foot pedals to clamp items. The equipment folds up for extra portability. Find it here from Disability Work Tools.
2. Magnetic Floor Sweeper
If you have back or knee problems, the last thing that you want to do is bend over or crawl around on the floor looking for lost screws or nails. This magnetic broom takes the pain out of that task by attracting pieces of ferrous metal. It holds up to 30 lbs. of metallic debris. The handle is removable and extendable, and it can be used on gravel, grass, and concrete. You can find it at Northern Tool + Equipment.
3. Robo Handle
If you have trouble gripping hand tools, the Robo Handle can give you a firmer grasp. Workers with arthritis or only one hand can use it to securely grip tools in a way that won’t cause bending at the wrist. It’s especially useful for things like brooms or garden tools that would normally require the use of two hands. You can find it at Disability Work Tools.
4. Rolling Work Seat
If you have trouble with your back or knees, this seat can help you avoid pain and injury. It can be used indoors or outdoors and it rolls and swivels to help keep you mobile. The seat can hold up to 300 lbs. If you struggle with standing while doing painting or carpentry work, you’ll appreciate having this alternative. Get one here from Amazon.
5. Vision Works Camera System
Someone who has poor eyesight or trouble moving their neck can benefit from this camera system, which can attach to a vehicle and provide a view from multiple angles on a single monitor. It can also be beneficial to people who would struggle to get in and out of the equipment in order to see everything in the surrounding construction site. Strategic placement on construction equipment means that you can monitor all hazards right from your seat. You can buy the system at Disability Work Tools.
6. Thermoskin Premium Arthritic Gloves
These gloves can capture the body’s heat to provide some pain relief from arthritis. They’re also designed to provide support and compression, which can help control swelling. The outer layer is textured to help give them good gripping action, and the fingertips are open to allow for sensation for finer details. You can find them on Amazon.
If you need to use modified tools, do you have a favorite? Let us know about it – it might help makes someone’s work more efficient and enjoyable.