Hand injuries can range from minor lacerations, to more serious injuries that could include fractures, amputations and nerve damage which can have a life-changing impact to a worker and their future ability to earn a living.
Hand injuries are preventable
Many hand injuries are easily preventable for example by not letting yourself become distracted, enhancing your workplace situational awareness, sound job or task planning or by simply following safe systems of work or procedures. The following are examples of injuries that could be avoided by these measures:
- Taking off gloves when handling sharp objects Removing mud or debris from a rotating blade before use
- Ensuring you always use the correct blade if you are about cut an object to prevent jumps, kicks back or shatters that can cause serious injuries
- Do not catch a load that weighs much more than you are capable of holding
- Not using a blunt blade
- Never cut toward your self
Portable power tools
Objects under restraint
If you are securing or untying an object, or lifting an object that can shift, keep your hands away from the path that an object may fall along. Trying to catch an object that is shifting is a natural reaction but if the object is too heavy for you to hold your hands can become trapped between fixed objects and result in serious injury.
PPE & gloves
Always wear provided PPE (safety glasses and gloves) When handling objects that have sharp edges always wear gloves that fit your hand and are suitable for the work being performed for a better grip or dropping items.
How to report a Health & Safety issue or concern
Freecall Australia: 1800 786 057
Freecall New Zealand: 0800 562 669 (select option 4)