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PROPERTY & CASUALTY
MAY 01, 2017
Safety Week 2017 – Hand Safety Tips
The week of May 1, 2017 is Safety Week, a week devoted to raising awareness of the construction industry’s commitment to eliminating worker injury. This year’s theme, “We are Stronger & Safer Together,” was chosen to emphasize how safety on a worksite is everyone’s goal. With that in mind, Amerisure wanted to share some facts and construction safety tips to keep employees’ hands protected.
The human hand is the most commonly used tool on any jobsite, which means the potential for hand injury runs high. Here are a few surprising hand injury facts:
How to Avoid Hand Injuries
There are a few simple worksite precautions that can be implemented to avoid possible hand injuries:
Survey the work area and identify hazards prior to starting a new task. Discuss with your team and gather their input. They may have a different perspective and offer great suggestions.
Eliminate hazards when possible or implement a system to avoid them. A great example would be using mechanical equipment to move materials or shovels to scoop up metal debris.
Wearing general-use glove protection is almost always a good idea. If employees are exposed to known hazards – IT’S A MUST.
Picking the Right Pair of Gloves
Look on any construction worksite and you’ll find that pretty much every worker has gloves. But how can you tell they’re using the right gloves for the job?
Gloves should be chosen depending on the specific hazards of the job being performed. They can range from common canvas work gloves to highly specialized gloves used in specific industries.
Workers should wear gloves when handling rough or sharp materials. Rubber gloves need to be used when working with chemicals, solvents, or other material that can irritate the skin.
Having the proper fit is important. If gloves are too small, they can tire hands out, while gloves that are too large can be clumsy to work with.
Check the ACT-P number on the front of the gloves to ensure the level of protection is appropriate. The numbers range from 1 to 5 with 5 offering the greatest level of protection.
For more information about Safety Week 2017, visit