Take the example of a common set of bolt cutters which range from small to large sizes and can weigh in excess of 25kg. For manual handling purposes these pose a significant risk as they are often used above head height or close to the ground – both abnormal body positions. Coupled with a large handle force and outstretched arms, the potential for muscular injury is high, especially for users cutting hard materials.Bolt cuttersCompact battery-hydraulic solutions are now available providing higher cutting forces, eliminating physical strain. An example is the EBS12ML, delivering 6 tons of force with a push of a button. This is a one-handed operation leaving the other hand available to hold the material being cut, improving process control. The shape of the cutting head is such that the operator is protected from any potential debris during the cut, reducing the additional risk of flying parts. With lightweight technology like this being available, there is an opportunity to reduce such manual handling injuries anywhere that traditional bolt cutters are used today.
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