Hand injuries are avoidable if we are being Safe in the Moment. The most important thing is to make sure you and your employees know where both hands are at all times while working. Many injuries occur when you or yours are working with one hand, but forget where the other hand is, and it strays into a danger zone.
It may sound weird to ‘forget’ where your hand is, but there are statistics to prove that hand injuries are not uncommon. In a 2006 study done by Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding non fatal injuries, they cited that out of a total of 380,440 injuries reported by good producing industries, 110,480 were injuries to the upper extremities (wrist, hand (except finger) and finger). Finger injuries were the highest out of the upper extremities.
To avoid hand safety, here are a list of our do’s and don’ts.