Hand Injuries - Part 2 - Lacerations

General

In a recent study of hand injuries the leading cause of injury was contact with cutting or piercing objects, most often pieces of metal, razors and knives, power tools and nails. Fingers and hands were the most-injured body parts among the construction workers in this study, accounting for one-third of emergency room visits. About 15 percent of these injuries were amputations, partial... Read More...

Tunnel Vision

Behavioral Safety

We always talk about Take Two before you start a task. We are to look around before we start for any hazards that may cause us, or someone else, injury. But what about when we begin to work? We become so focused on what we are doing, we get tunnel vision and start to ignore what is going around us, especially behind us.

Think about it. How many near misses have there been where someone... Read More...

Overconfidence

Behavioral Safety

It's good you feel confident about your job. You take pride in your ability to do your work quickly and well. However, there is such a thing as overconfidence - when you forget about the hazards and fail to use safe work practices.

No matter how long you have been on the job and no matter how skilled you are, you must remember the basic safety precautions. Don't get complacent!

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Just a Little Fun

Behavioral Safety

An operator of an excavator struck a water line while digging a trench, causing water to spray around. A worker in the trench took his shovel and started tossing water back at the excavator operator.

The operator was trying to close the window against the water when he inadvertently hit the lever controlling the bucket. The bucket moved, crushing the other worker against the wall of the... Read More...

Safe Lifting Techniques

Ergonomics

Can you think of even one job or occupation where you never have to lift an object? I can't. Lifting of objects can range from very light objects such as a piece of paper, a pin or a pen to very heavy objects like loads of boxes. Lifting is very much a part of our every day jobs. And, because it is something we do so often, we tend to do it without thinking, or at least we do until we strain a... Read More...

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