When it comes to tightening bolts on railway tracks, there's always one common issue — they are all in awkward positions low to the ground. This forces anyone installing or repairing railway tracks to constantly bend over and even get on the ground to secure and fasten track bolts. While this is highly uncomfortable, the bigger issue is that poor ergonomics contributes to muscle strain, muscle imbalances and even fatigue.
Ergonomic hazards in the workplace are due to muscle strains as a result of performing the same motion over and over again. Because of this, repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries.
To help workers and prevent workplace injuries due to tightening railway track bolts, RAD Torque Systems' engineering team developed a unique extension to their B-RAD Select Torque Extension Tool. This extension allows operators to stand up while they tight bolts — offering an ergonomic design that prevents discomfort or straining.
"We specialize in creating custom extensions for our clients who have bolts in hard to reach places," says Dennis Roy, Account Manager at RAD Torque Systems. "When we heard about the workplace injuries due to poor posture within the rail industry, we knew we had to develop something to help! Today, railway workers now have an ergonomic solution to work with, which is powerful and simple to use."
Portability is an added bonus to the B-RAD Select tool and the extension. With track bolts being in remote locations, this industrial torque wrench does not require any hose or cables making it extremely portable when out on the field.
As a leading manufacturer of pneumatic, battery powered, and electronic pistol grip torque wrenches, RAD Torque Systems has worked with railway companies in North America and around the world for more than 25 years.
Over a decade ago, RAD Torque Systems pioneered and patented the first programmable digital torque technology enabling effortless data collection and highly precise Bluetooth calibration. The company continues to innovate and achieve the highest level of quality and performance.
If you are interested in acquiring the B-RAD Select extension for your company — or you have a unique challenge that will help improve the safety of your employees by minimizing workplace injuries, visit www.radtorque.com for more information or call 1-800-983-0044.