hbiss originally posted:
Repetitive motion injuries from using pliers, cutters, screwdrivers and instaling wire nuts.
A few years ago, when I first started working for an established shop, I started to develop shooting pains in my right wrist when tightening wire nuts and box covers.
Discovered that teh motion was the same one I used when linking metal rings to make chain mail... a hobby I had recently re-discovered.
Upon the discovery of my "pre carpal tunnel" symptoms, I decided that hobbies were fun, but I should save the twist for the cash activities.
My compensating mechanisms? One of the Idea wire-nut tightening screwdrivers works wonders. In addition, using my cordless whenever possible.
+1 (2, actually) for the knees and kneepad issues.
How about the myriad small cuts on your hands from working with stamped metal (feeding wire into boxes, discovering the edges of can lights, unfinished conduit ends, etc.
Shoulder difficulties from long term work over the head.
(Heck, if everybody on the board offered one achy spot, it's add up to a whole bottle of aspirin!)