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Protect your wrist when working


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Using a power tool? Working ergonomically will help prevent injuries to your wrist.

If you work with bent wrists, you could injure yourself. Injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, stenosing tenosynovitis (also known as trigger finger) and tendonitis.

“Working with your wrists straight provides more grip strength, and you’ll feel less strain and fatigue,” the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries says.

Other tips from Washington L&I on preventing wrist strain:

  • Check that you’re using the right tool for the job. “Depending on the job, a straight, angled or pistol-grip tool might be the best choice.”
  • Position what you’re working on in such a way that your wrists can stay straight.
  • If you can’t reposition the work, position your body so your wrists are straight when using tools.

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