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Hand Injury Prevention

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Injuries to the hands are one of the most common consequences of incidents occurring in the workplace - almost everday.

Presented here is an example in which a seaman trapped his finger in a pinch between a removable gangway and a fixed valve stem on the ships superstructure.

As with most such examples, fingers come off second best when they're pinched between a moveable piece of steel and a static and immovable piece of steel!

This example, from the folks at the MSF, is also notable because it highlights how work crews can often not take enough time and effort to assess simple tasks involving manual handling.

As this example demonstrates, it is often just these types of routine and relatively low-risk manual handling jobs in which people hurt themselves quite badly.

That's why it is a good idea to take the time to plan every job using Think 6, Look 6 so you understand the hazards (kinetic and bio-mechanical energy in this case) and the triggers which can cause you a problem!


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