When you went online to read this article, chances are you didn’t have to stop and think about how you were going to navigate your keyboard. What about when you buttoned your shirt, ate your breakfast or picked up your car keys this morning? Probably not. A hand injury can make the multitude of tasks that we take for granted a serious, if not impossible, challenge. Maybe for the short term, or perhaps, permanently.
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I’d like to focus on hand protection today. The number of reported hand injuries and amputated fingers vary depending on the source. Reason being that many injuries go unreported when left up to the employee or the employer to submit detailed reports.
George Costanza knew the importance of hand safety. In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, George becomes a hand model and becomes overly protective of his hands. In typical George fashion, he manages to sustain a hand injury and ruins his modeling opportunity. For a laugh, check out this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxX3-rJoNI.
Welcome back to this week's Arbill blog series Reconsidered Safety Posts, where we're looking back at past informative blog posts with common workplace safety themes.