Hand injuries account for about one-third of all disabling job-related injuries each year. More than 80% of these injuries are caused by pinch hazards. Injuries can include cuts, bruises, fractures and even amputations. About 20% of these injuries become infected.
For Steel Erection activities, here are some specific tips for protecting hands from injury.
EHS Today recently published "Hand Safety in 7 Simple Steps" by Mark Reid, marketing manager for high protective textiles with DSM Dyneema. Integrate these ideas into your job site safety meetings.
Step 1: Eliminate the hazard.
Step 2: Update equipment.
Step 3: Re-engineer equipment to eliminate workplace hazards.
Step 4: Make training memorable.
Step 5: Enforce policies and procedures
Step 6: Provide adequate Personal protective equipment (PPE).
Step 7: Evaluate what's working and what isn't and revise your method accordingly.
Make Hand Safety Training Interesting
U.S. Steel wanted to demonstrate to employees how serious hand injuries can be. To do this, employees were asked to perform simple daily tasks, like opening a jar of peanut butter or putting on a work shirt, without using their fingers or hands.
Help educate others and prevent injuries
Share your company’s accidents, near misses, or ideas for safety talks. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.