Hammering In Ergonomics
"Ergonomics" has become a common buzzword when it comes to equipment design, and demolition hammers are certainly no exception. In fact, regulations in Europe have mandated a focus on ergonomics for various types of hand-held tools. "The European market has laws regulating both the amount and duration of vibration that an operator can be exposed to during a working shift," explains John Vogel, vice president of sales - hand-held tools, Atlas Copco Construction Tools LLC. "Because of this legislation, private companies have been forced to conform to the standards." Although no such standards yet exist in the U.S., the growing concern over the risks of prolonged exposure to vibration is causing many manufacturers to look to the future. "Some forward-looking.