Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, May 30, 2018
The best way to not get injured during a job is preventative maintenance. Hand injuries are one of the most common types of injuries in the workplace. Be sure to check all tools, machines, work areas, and anything else that is required before starting a job to prevent any hand injuries along with anything that can injure you in general.
-70% of hand injuries happen because the person was not wearing gloves
-30% of hand injuries happen because the person was wearing inappropriate gloves for the job
-10% of ER visits are because of hand injuries
-Hand injuries cost companies more than any other injury which is about 740 Billion dollars a year
-60% of hand injuries could have been prevented if proper gloves were worn
MOST COMMON HAND INJURIES
The most common types of hand injuries are bruises, lacerations, abrasions, pinches, strains, amputations, dislocations, and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. The non-dominant hand is the most vulnerable to injury.
TOP 3 HAND INJURIES
1. Amputations - Getting your hands stuck in a machine or not taking care of an infection from a cut that leads to amputation
2. Breaks & Fractures - These usually happen when someone puts their hand out to catch themselves when falling or from vehicle accidents.
3. Lacerations - These happens because of a sharp object. Gloves with Kevlar are to be worn to protect the hand from cuts.
-Use tools instead of your hands
-Do not use fixed open blade knives
-Do not put your hand somewhere that you cannot see
-Make sure you always lockout/tagout the piece of equipment you are using
-Have safety guards
-Emergency stop devices should be installed
-Ergonomic tools to prevent injuries
-Wear proper PPE
-Watch for the pinch points
-Inspect tools before use
-Do not wear jewelry
-Do not clean equipment unless it is powered off
It is important to have a training class on the job. Knowing what hazards come up in the job and how to prevent them is very necessary. When in training you should cover the types of hand hazards, types of injuries that can occur, safe practices so you do not injure yourself, and the proper PPE to be worn during each specific job.
PPE - Gloves
Heat Resistant - will protect hands from heat and burns
Metal Mesh, Kevlar, Tough Synthetic Yarn - will protect you from cuts and punctures
Non-Conductive - Thicker ones will protect against low-voltage electricity and the thinner ones will protect you from blood-borne substances, and a few chemicals
Neoprene, Nitrile, Latex, Vinyl - will protect your hands from chemicals like oils, acids, caustics and solvents.
Leather - can protect you from sparks, chips, rough objects and heat
Cotton Fabric - protects against dirt, slivers, chafing, and abrasion
Waterproof - protects you in wet environments as well as the cold.
If you haven't read last week's #YHSafetyTips on "Risk Factors", check it out!