Cracking the Ergonomics Code

How your spray gun could be affecting your bottom line

Importance of Gun Ergonomics

Most experts agree that atomization and transfer efficiency are the important spray gun features, but what about ergonomics?

Many painters suffer costly muscle strain or repetitive-motion injuries that could be prevented with proper gun ergonomics. For example, annual workers compensation claims for injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome can easily cost more than $30,000. 

Poor gun ergonomics not only cost companies money in claims, but also compromise performance and quality. To remedy this, many manufacturers are focusing on operator comfort by upgrading their paint spray guns.

When searching for your next manual spray gun, remember to look for to smaller, lighter guns with less trigger pull. Graco's Pro Xp is one option for electrostatics, but there are  many to choose from.

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Make sure you consider more than just transfer efficiency and atomization when you buy. Your painters will thank you. 

Did you know? 

One instance of carpal tunnel syndrome can easily cost an employer more than $30,000 per year. That's according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor.

Estimate the impact of poor ergonomics on your profitability at osha.gov/safetypays/estimator.

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