No matter what line of work you are in, odds are that the use of your hands
is essential to performing your daily responsibilities. Because your hands
are so frequently used at work,
hand injuries are among the most common form of injury suffered in the workplace. Hand
injuries account for more than one in four
The human hand has 27 bones—all of which can be easily injured or
broken if not properly protected. In addition to short-term hand injuries,
workers can also suffer long-term injuries due to repetitive actions or
use over time. It is important that you make sure you are working safely
and use protective gear to avoid suffering a hand injury or reduce its severity.
Tips for Preventing Hand Injuries
Below are some basic tips for preventing hand injuries in the work place.
Safety gloves are essential for protecting your hands against injury. A
good pair of safety gloves can prevent minor injuries such as cuts, splinters,
burns, blisters, and scrapes. If your job involves working with toxic
chemicals, you will also want to make sure your gloves are made of a material
that can stand up the chemicals you handle. Make sure that the gloves
you wear fit your hand properly and offer enough protection and flexibility
to allow you to perform your job safely. Replace your gloves as soon as
you notice any holes, tears or other damage to the material.
Be Careful Around Machinery
Machinery is the biggest threat to immediate and debilitating hand injuries.
Prior to using any piece of machinery, you should make sure you have been
properly trained on how to use it and are aware of the safety features
and switches that cut power to the machine in the event of an emergency.
Before using any machine, make sure you have removed rings, bracelets,
watches, or any other accessory that could get stuck on one the parts
or otherwise endanger your hands.
This is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself.
Many workplace injuries are the result of carelessness or a lack of focus.
Whether you are working with dangerous machinery, a chemical substance,
or anything else that could pose a risk to your hand, make sure that you
stay focused and are cognizant of proper safety protocol. Keep your eyes
and mind focused on the task in front of you and you can greatly reduce
the chance of suffering an injury.
Some Hand Injuries Are Unavoidable
Even if you have followed proper safety protocol, not all hand injuries
can be avoided. Unforeseen events such as a malfunctioning piece of machinery
can lead to serious injury. If you have suffered a hand injury at work,
you should consult with an experienced work injury lawyer. Depending on
the circumstances of your injury and how it occurred, you may be entitled
At Arnold & Itkin, we offer free consultations to all injured workers
to advise them on potential legal options.
Contact our work injury lawyers today to learn more.