When on the job an employee’s most useful tools are the hands. Employees are working with their hands all day, whether they’re carrying something, pushing something, or pulling something. Whatever it is that they are doing will require their hands. That is why hand injuries are so common, and so serious. Employees use their hands all day and one injury can leave them incapable of doing their job.
Employees that are not correctly using their hands are much more likely to injured. According to an article by Workplace Safety North statistics show that 25% of all workplace injuries happen to our hands and fingers. This shows how important it is to ensure all employees are using safety precautions when it comes to working with their hands.
An employee’s hands and wrists are very vulnerable. They are made up of a very sophisticated system of tiny bones, muscles and ligaments. The slightest scratch or cut can make it difficult and uncomfortable for an employee to work and a serious injury can take an employee out of the work force for months. The most common hand injury is either a cut or puncture wound. These injuries make up 50% of all hand injuries.
The best tips to prevent hand injuries while working are to:
- Avoid shortcuts
- Anticipate hazards
- Follow safety rules and procedures
- Analyze each task before starting
- Where a suitable pair of gloves for the job
- Keep your workplace clean
If you follow all of these tips you will be able to keep you hands safe from injury.
Thank you for your time and attention. Let’s make it safe this Monday.
Demand Generation Specialist, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company