Industrial workers at highest risk of hand injuries
A snapshot of the construction, manufacturing and mining industries in Queensland identified young men aged 15 to 34 as ‘at risk’ for hand injuries at work, and we asked for help last month. A report has emerged.
Moreover, this segment accounts for more than half of the total 1182 hand injury cases recorded. Most importantly, in the documented period from July 2011 to June 2013, the construction industry accounted for 33.5% of his total number of recorded cases.
The report, produced by the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit of the Marter Health Service, combines injury data collected through participating emergency departments in Queensland’s metropolitan (Brisbane), regional (Mackay and Moramba health districts), Tropical northern coast (Atherton, Mareeba, Taree and Innisfail) and remote (Mount Isa) areas.
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Awareness of PPE compliance
While some members of the industry may consider these numbers alarming, Richard Donarski, health and safety team leader at our independent certification body, SAI Global, says many self-employed people believe their PPE I have a feeling that you are not always aware of the actual requirements you need. comply with. This puts workers at risk of injury.
“It’s a common misconception that all personal safety items are subject to and must meet mandatory standards,” says Richard.
“The reality is that many standards have not been enacted into law, so some manufacturers choose not to apply them to their processes. Products do not always work as expected.
“This can have a very serious impact if the self-employed or their immediate family members are suddenly unable to work due to injury.”
The critical role of safety gloves and PPE
At this point, Anthony Elliott stated that the role of PPE, including gloves, was past It is a line of defense against many workplace hazards and an effective tool when applied correctly to the hierarchy of controls and strategies that workplaces implement to protect workers. Certification provides an additional layer of assurance for wearers and their employers.
“Unfortunately, your hands are a set of tools with no spare parts.
Therefore, in the past year we have launched two collections of ‘Australian First’ gloves, the G-Flex and Mec-Flex glove series, to address this gap in the market.Both ranges are certified to AUS/NZS2161.3:2005 occupational protective gloves The European Standard, CE Standard, is part of our overall plan to raise Australian glove safety standards through independent certification and education.
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Richard Donarski – Health and Safety Team Leader – SAI Global
Richard Donarski has led the development of health and safety product standards for over 20 years. Richard is a member of various Australian Standards Committees and has represented Australia on various International (ISO) and European (EN) Standards Committees. Richard has also received awards for the development of standards from the New South Wales Government and the Australian Council of Fire and Emergency Services Authorities.
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