According to the Safe Work Australia (SWA), more than 14,000 workers between 2015 and 2016 had to skip work and take a break for about a week due to workplace injuries.
These injuries included those on the thumb, fingers, and hands. These kinds of workplace injuries account for more than 13% of workers’ compensation claims. The following make up severe hand injuries:
- 30.6% due to electricity and heat
- 37.7% due to moving objects
- 57.8% due to hitting objects
The problem is that they’re still not a priority for many businesses.
If your company is serious about workplace safety, you need to take the necessary measures to reduce and prevent hand injuries among your workers:
- Educate workers on various workplace hazards and risk control strategies they need to do to avoid them.
- Make sure that your workers always use safety work gloves as well as other personal protective equipment in good condition.
- Place posters to alert everyone of the dangers in these hazardous areas.
- Ensure that workers who use high-risky equipment and tools have proper training to operate them. For instance, workers should always cut in a direction away from themselves when they’re utilising sharp implements.
- Make sure that someone is always on the lookout for moving or rotating components of power equipment as well as potential entrapment points.
- Isolate all tools and equipment that require adjusting or servicing.
Hand injuries could lead to costly compensation claims and lost time at work, which in turn could negatively impact your bottom line. High-quality personal protective equipment and robust risk control strategies are crucial to keeping your workforce safe.
But, you also have to make certain that your employees have access to relevant information so that they know what could happen to them if they’re not careful and how they could keep themselves safe in the workplace.