Hand Safety Spotlight

At this time of year, while most of us are busy enjoying the holidays and spending time with family, there are men and women working to keep the lights on around the world. The 24-hour routine of our industrial workforce and first responders is a reminder that while we may enjoy our down time, safety can never take a day off.

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High-stakes work environments pose a serious threat to workers' safety on a daily basis. From people who work at oil rigs (offshore and onshore) to firefighters responding to all sorts of emergencies (most recently the wildfires in California)—all of them face intense pressure with the added burden of lugging heavy equipment into and out of hazardous environments. And while the immediate threat to their personal safety is stressful in its own right, they have to deal with a variety of other hazards like exhaustion, extreme temperatures, and hazardous chemicals.

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All new employees working in the oil and gas industry undergo an onboarding program to become familiar with the nature of their job and how their new company operates. A big part of that training is (or should be) health, safety and environment (HSE) training to reduce the risks of workplace-related incidents and injuries — with hand injuries being one of the top reasons for workers ending up in the hospital.

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Hand Safety Statistics [Infographic]  Understanding how and why people get hurt on the job is an important step to preventing injuries in the workplace. Hand injuries make of the vast majority of Lost Time Incidents (LTI) but are 100% preventable with a strong safety culture and commitment to hand safety.

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Employees working in extreme environments can experience an array of hazard inducing conditions, from physical and mental discomfort to life-threatening conditions. Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold can contribute to hypothermic or heat-related illnesses, as well as fatigue.

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