Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: behavior

Hazard Identification is one of the first steps in preventing and mitigating HSE events and incidents. The Hazard Wheel is a visual reference tool to help workers quickly assess the hazards the could expect to encounter while performing their work.

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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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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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It is no secret that working on in the oilfield is a potentially high-risk job – and despite all of the improvements that have been made to keep rig hands and other oilfield workers safe, it is still listed as one of the world’s most dangerous professions. Workers deal with highly combustible materials on facilities where cranes constantly swing heavy loads and equipment overhead. They also face other health risks, including injuries to hands and fingers.

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The oil and gas industry has one of the highest rates of severe injury statistics in the United States. The industry recorded a total of 1,333 fatalities from 2003-2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The Effects of Fatigue in the Workplace Fatigue affects more than 43% of the U.S. workforce, and that number increases for night shift worker and those working past their normal hours. The effects of fatigue can result in decreased productivity and an increase in safety incidents.

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Most U.S. companies either have no lockout/tagout (LOTO) program or an inefficient, generic one that leaves employees without the guidance or training they need to perform safe lockout/tagout procedures.

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