Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: injury-prevention

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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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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An all-American Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a traditional roasted turkey. But if you want to put a spin on the usual turkey prep, try deep frying it. Deep-fried turkey is a Southern delicacy and traditional Thanksgiving fare but in recent years the trend has spread to several other states. The crispy skin and juicy meat make deep-fried turkey a fast favorite. There’s also the added benefit of a faster cooking time compared to roasting it.

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 A good pair of gloves can make a world of difference when you’re working outside once the weather turns cold. Gloves are not only necessary to keep your workplace injury free, they help you feel more comfortable and focused on your work. But is your existing hand protection up to the task when the weather drops 10, 20 or more degrees?

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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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Grip is essential to hand safety. A compromised grip can lead to an occupational hazard. If a glove isn’t providing the necessary grip, companies are at risk of workers removing their gloves and exposing their hands. Workers sustain approximately a quarter of a million serious injuries to fingers, hands and wrists each year.[1] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, wearing a glove reduces the risk of a hand injury by 27%.

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Accidents can turn into a significant expense for any business. Safety+Health magazine reports that in 2015 alone, U.S. employers spent over $1 billion a week on disabling injuries and diseases. Workers in heavy industries have a greater risk to accidents because they handle or work around hazardous materials.

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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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