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On-site injuries blamed on poorly designed tools

We have just received the results of a survey undertaken by hand tool manufacturer, Bahco, which reveals that the majority of electricians are blaming poor tools for on site injuries. Bahco found that 90% of electricians blamed inappropriate, poorly designed or uncomfortable tools as the main cause of on-site injuries.

On-site injuries blamed on poorly designed tools

Despite this fact, it would appear that the quality of the tool is not the most important consideration when purchasing tools. Ease of use and the brand was found to be the most important consideration among electricians…50% stated that these are what they look for prior to purchase. This differs from other professional trades - plumbers' main focus is on cost (57%), but joiners base their purchasing decision on the tool brand (57%).

Only 10% of electricians will prioritise ergonomic features when purchasing hand tools, yet surprisingly nearly all (90%) of electricians use tools that have been ergonomically designed. In fact, 70% are even willing to pay more for an ergonomic design, which shows how highly they value the benefits.

The majority (90%) of electricians say that comfort, speed and efficiency of working are the core benefits of using ergonomically designed tools.

However, the survey also revealed that, compared to builders, fewer electricians felt that their distributors provided advice on ergonomic tools. Only 20% of electricians said that their distributors offer them product advice. So in future ask your wholesaler more questions about the tools you are purchasing. It may be a worthwhile conversation!

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