SAFETY: IT’S IN YOUR HANDS

Could you imagine life without your hands or fingers? When it comes to earning a living, our hands are most often the most important tool we have. With healthy hands, we can also do many routine things such as buttoning a shirt, picking up a fork, holding a pencil, turning on the radio or sending out a text message. Just think how life would be if you were no longer able to do those simple tasks.

Common injuries to hands and fingers can include:

Fractures and Lacerations, when hands are caught between unguarded equipment or as a result of a fall

Burns from hot or cold material, steam, chemicals when not wearing the right gloves or not wearing them at all

Cuts when working around and handling sharp materials, tool use and of course knives

Contusion and/or Fractures when handling heavy objects and pinch points

YOU can prevent hand and finger injuries by following these points:- Use the right glove type for the task you are performing, ensuring the glove provides the right fit and protection for the task you are performing

– Be aware of pinch points

– Keep your hands clean to prevent infection

– Many accidents causing hand and finger injuries happen during a moment of distraction. YOU can prevent all injuries with YOUR safe attitude

As always, while taking precautions to prevent injury, always first try to eliminate or isolate a hazard.

Don’t risk life without your hands or fingers… safety is in your hands!