According to OSHA, businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. More specifically, the construction industry incurred the most fatalities of any private sector industry in 2008, with a total of 969 fatal injuries.
In a Februry 23 news release from DeWalt, the tool company says that on jobsites nationwide, safety is a key concern when considering end user well-being and overall productivity. As superintendants and foremen strive to make their jobsites as safe (and productive) as possible, they are continually looking for educational programs that teach tradesmen how to use tools properly.
DeWalt notes that it has been committed for years to making jobsites safer by engineering products with features designed to help prevent injuries due to users losing control of products in bind-up situations or harmful levels of vibration in products like demolition and rotary hammers. Two specific examples of safety features on DeWalt products include:
Bind-up Control: Bind-up Control is a feature offered on DeWalt’s ½-inch Stud & Joist Drills that gives users the ability to control the tool during a bind-up situation. In fact, the motor actually de-powers when the tool begins to rotate out of control and therefore decreases the chances of injury due to users losing control of the product.
SHOCKS Active Vibration Control: DeWalt offers a full range of hammers that feature SHOCKS Active Vibration Control to decrease the user’s exposure to intense vibration. Over exposure to harmful levels of vibration is reported to cause Hand Arm Vibration or White Finger. With shock-mounted handles, an internal counter balance mechanism and floating gear housing, DEWALT’s line of hammers reduces levels of harmful vibration associated with these products.
Recently DeWalt took its commitment to safety to the next level by partnering with Skanska USA Civil in New York City for their Global Safety Week. The five-day safety event was recognized on every Skanska project worldwide. In New York City, the weeklong event featured activities at every job including a variety of stations that were staffed by DeWalt representatives and aimed at teaching users how to use tools safely.