At the beginning of December 2018 a message, or rather a cry for help, was received from Örjan Nordin, excavator operator at EAG Construction. Örjan told us that he had suffered such pain in his wrists from standard grips that he had been on sick leave because of it.
Örjan had read about engcon’s ergonomic MIG2 levers and wondered whether they would be ergonomically designed to enable him to operate excavators again. Together with EAG’s management it was decided to give it a try. The old grips were removed and a pair of MIG2 grips from engcon were installed.
“It was remarkable, after a couple of months of driving with the MIG2 levers I felt nothing in my wrists,” says Örjan when we meet him at a road construction site in eastern Jämtland.
Örjan tells us that before changing levers he had constant pain, his fingers swelled so much that a ring had to be cut off and he had to use strong painkillers. It became so serious that for a period he had to have special supports on his wrists. After being on sick leave, Örjan could not go back to his excavator, but had to change duties and drive wheel loaders. Örjan did not need to move his wrists quite so much in that work.
“I really missed the excavator and when I asked my boss if we could try engcon’s grips there was an immediate positive response and I am very happy for that now” says Örjan, who has operated excavators for more than 25 years.
In addition to proportional control of the tiltrotator, Örjan has connected wheel control to his MIG2 grips and he especially praises the palm rest on the outside of the levers. This means that he does not need to grasp the grips so hard for the outward lever movements.
In the spring of 2019, Örjan was given a new Cat 316F and there was no question of what grips would be in that machine.
“Once again the MIG2 grips showed how good they are. There was a delay between leaving my old machine and the new machine arriving and I had to drive a different machine for the company in the meantime. Straight away, the problems with my wrists returned. If I hadn’t had the MIG2 grips for my machine then I probably would not have been able to operate an excavator any longer” says Örjan.
In addition to the MIG2 grips, Örjan’s new machine is equipped with a Q-Safe quick coupler with an EC-Oil automatic oil connector and an EC219 tiltrotator with EC-Oil.
“EC-Oil improves my work environment because I do not have to leave the cab to connect the hydraulics, electricity and central lubrication on my tiltrotator. This means that I never have to hesitate to disconnect the tiltrotator when I need more breakout force and lifting height” ends Örjan.
Örjan Nordin, EAG Entreprenad
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