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and repair tasks performed around the worksite can be
demanding. Employees often dig trenches or pull
long runs of heavy gauge wire. These tasks may require
working in awkward postures since much of the work is done at ceiling height, close to the floor, or in cramped
service areas. Working in these postures increases the
amount of force employees
must exert to perform these
Employees may assume awkward postures while using hand tools
such as pliers, crimpers, and side cutters for
installation and repair
tasks. This may create
tension and contact stress
to the tendons and nerves of
the hands and lower arms.
All of these potential
situations may result in musculoskeletal
problems if employees are not aware of the risk and do not
take precautions to minimize hazards.