Electric bench drill repair
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A recent article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine describes a study by an electrical engineering doctoral student and colleagues that has shown a significant improvement in the safety of electric bench drills compared to those that require manual repair.
The researchers, who were not involved in the study, report their findings in an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Electrical bench drills, also known as electric drills, are commonly used to replace electrical devices when tools are not reliable or the drill tip does not easily fit into the tool.
They are sometimes used for removing small objects from the body, such as a finger nail.
In their study, the researchers found that electric bench drill repairs performed with a drill tip that was smaller than 10 millimeters had a 25 percent lower likelihood of causing injury compared to using a drill that was 10 millimeter or more.
The findings were based on a study of nearly 4,500 people who had participated in an occupational injury trial, which was designed to test whether electric bench repairs could prevent or reduce occupational injuries, said Dr. Daniel R. Johnson, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
The study was conducted in the California-based Kaiser Permanente Center for Injury Prevention and Control (KPIC) and involved 1,906 participants, including 2,039 people who were injured in the workplace.
In a follow-up study, Johnson’s team also looked at data from 3,500 of those participants who had been involved in a similar occupational injury study conducted in a different part of the United States, including the state of California.
The KPIC data showed that people who reported that they had been injured with electric bench repair tended to be younger and more likely to have lower socioeconomic status than those who had not been injured.
“These findings suggest that electric drill repair has a much lower risk of causing occupational injuries compared to manual repair,” Johnson said.
The new findings, published in Occupational Medicine, are important for the future of electric drill repairs, he said.
In the Kaiser Pemporium study, participants who were also injured by an electric drill had a significantly lower risk for the development of occupational injuries than those with no injury or a mild injury.
This suggests that electric drills have a much greater potential to cause injury compared with manual repairs, Johnson said, adding that this finding will help guide future research.
While electric bench fixes can be useful, the study also noted that some people who are injured may not be able to recover and that their physical condition may not improve significantly, Johnson added.
“This study provides a unique opportunity to test if electric drill fixations could prevent occupational injuries and could decrease injury rates,” Johnson added in a statement.
The National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor that provides safety and health information for employers and employees.
NIOSH also offers safety education and training for employers.
For more information about NIOSH safety and workplace health, visit http://www.niihs.gov.
A recent article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine describes a study by an electrical engineering doctoral student and…