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.
Our Safety Advisors are asked every day to help employers prevent the most common workplace injuries. Many employers do everything they can to protect their workers. Unfortunately, many employers do not. And often, the decisions by employers to not protect their workers lead to needless and sometimes tragic injuries… and even loss of life.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal occupational injuries in 2014. The rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.
Hand protection has been of particular importance to my family long before I was born. My grandfather realized the importance of protecting the hands of local workers back in the 1940’s, and he started our company to meet that need.
At a neighbor’s barbecue recently, I met an older gentleman who talked about his recent retirement from a printing organization. He spent years running printing presses and maintaining large machines that pumped out millions of printed materials each week.
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 3 storm on August 29, 2005. More than 1800 people lost their lives in the storm, and Katrina ultimately caused over $80 billion of damage. Several levees failed to contain rising waters from the storm in New Orleans, which experienced the worst of the devastation. Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water with water approximately 12 feet high in some areas.
Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) shared an important but not untypical story last week about a Texas worker who was injured after he was denied safety equipment.
At a recent conference, the leader of a growing business approached us at our exhibit and admitted they had safety issues. Admitting that safety in the workplace is not what it should be is the first step in recognizing the need for change. Seeking help is the second.