Contributed by The Babcock Law Firm, LLC
Did you know that hand-related injuries account for about 1/3 of all workplace injuries, 1/3 of chronic injuries, ¼ of lost work time, and 1/5 of permanent disability?
Your hands might not be the first thing that comes to mind when workplace safety is mentioned, but maybe they should be. The above statistics are brought forward by ChooseHandSafety.org, an organization raising awareness about how important it is to keep your hands safe at the workplace.
Construction workers are the most at-risk for hand or wrist injuries on the job mostly due to the nature of their work. However, experts agree that hand and wrist injury is an epidemic that plagues every industry.
The most widespread hand injuries on the job are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which can be caused on by using a tool that requires you to grip it forcefully, holding your hand or wrist in an awkward way. Other common MSDs include Tendonitis, Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, and Tendonitis.
Medical treatment after a hand injury does not come cheap. Various studies from around the world have confirmed that hand injuries can prove to be some of the most expensive.
For example, based on data from 2007-2008, a study found that the price of hand and wrist injuries is roughly $740 million which makes it the most expensive type of injury.
Why are hand and wrist injuries so expensive? Researchers believe that the main reason is the productivity loss associated with hand injury rather than the medical cost itself.
In conclusion, in order for a work environment to combat worker injury, an employer must have hand injuries in mind when formulating safety policies and protocols. To get training tools on how to increase awareness about hand safety in your workplace, visit ChooseHandSafety.org.