Injuries to the hands are happening more and more in the Construction Industry. We probably use our hands more than any other part of our body. As a result, our hands are exposed to more hazards and the potential for injury. Hand injuries are sometimes difficult to heal. Statistics show that most people are right handed, however, the same number of injuries happen to both hands.
Did You Know?
- Your hands are one of the most complex parts of your body.
- The hand is a delicate structure and even a minor injury may take years to resolve.
- There are 5 common hand injuries: Cuts, Fractures, Amputations, Infections & Burns
- The skin provides a barrier against chemicals, heat and cold. Skin on the back of the hand is thin and elastic and, on the palm, it is thick to provide traction, cushioning and insulation.
- Nerves, blood vessels, bones, tendons & nails can be damaged and may never recover from an injury.
Some hazards may include:
- Spiked or jagged tools; Material with sharp edges; Cutting, chopping and grinding mechanisms;
- Falling objects, Chemicals, Hot Surfaces, Cold Surfaces, Pinch Points
Hand injuries are preventable.
By identifying hazards and developing safety measures you can prevent these types of injuries. A few prevention tips include:
- Use proper gloves for the task.
- Work at your own pace. Take your time.
- Stay alert! Always watch what your hands are doing.
- Use caution when placing fingers around doors and other hinged mechanisms.
- Know how to handle the tools and equipment you work with. Don’t take shortcuts.
- Use the right tools for the task.
- Presses and other machines should be designed to keep hands away from the work area.
Never start repair work on power tools or machinery without first checking that the power is shut off and the machine is locked out.
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