Imagine you sustain a deep cut across the palm of your hand because you were cutting metal without wearing gloves. Because the palm of the hand is constantly in motion, simple tasks would become difficult; you would struggle to curl your hand around cutlery in order to eat, tying the shoelaces of your work boots would be painful, holding your phone and sending messages would be uncomfortable. Little everyday tasks that we take for granted would become challenging and lead to frustration.
Most of us will experience a hand injury enduring our working life. 70% of hand accidents happen after safety gloves have been removed. Typically, these will be small injuries due to complacency, but for some these injuries may be more serious. These type of accidents can have a huge impact on work and home life.
LACERATIONS & CUTS
Minor injuries of this type can include small scratches or cuts to the surface of the skin, which can be easily treated and are quick to heal. However, if nerves or tendons are severed, the injury can prove much more serious and have permanent consequences.
To reduce the risk of injury from cut or laceration incidents, users should always wear cut resistant safety gloves when working with sharp objects, tools or machinery.
These types of injury are most commonly caused by handling sharp objects, machinery or tools (both hand and power varieties). Improper use of such tools and machinery is one of the greatest hazards workers face, resulting in injuries which can often lead to lost days at work and trauma for the individual - both of which can be avoided through proper use and maintenance of tools and machinery.
Irritations to the skin, such as rashes and blisters, are caused by exposure to hazardous substances or even soaps and detergents. Whilst the symptoms are usually mild, some cases can lead to dermatitis which is an inflammation of the skin. This can sometimes become so severe that the sufferer cannot continue to work.
The most common burns that happen in the workplace are thermal, electrical or chemical. Thermal burns occur when the individual is exposed to flames, steam and hot surfaces or liquids.
Electrical burns happen when a current passes through the body but meets resistance in the body's tissues, resulting in heat burn injuries.
Chemical burns are the result of hazardous substances which cause a chemical change in the skin. These burns continue to do damage until the chemical is washed away or the chemical reaction is complete.
REDUCING THE RISK
The cost of hand injuries in the workplace can escalate. If you break it down and look at the real life impact, such as operative downtime, insurance premiums or even litigation costs, it can all add up.
Properly selected and used, safety gloves are a simple and effective way of reducing risks to hands in the workplace. Our Traffi® range offers gloves which provide protection against sharp objects, hot objects, chemical exposure and environmental elements.
We've put together a short video covering the impact of hand injuries.
To find out more about the different types of gloves we offer and how they could reduce hand injuries throughout your business, get in touch.