Over one million American workers are treated at emergency rooms across the nation on a yearly basis. Research indicates that nearly 20% of all workplace injuries involve cuts and lacerations to an employee’s hand or fingers. Hand injuries are often severe and take a substantial amount of time to heal, in some cases they can be debilitating. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS), hand and finger injuries are the second most common type of workplace injuries that cause employees to miss work. There are an estimated 110,000 lost time hand injuries annually culminating in devastating situations for employees are employers.
The average hand injury workers comp claim exceeds $6,000, and any additional lost time compensation raises that amount to nearly $7,500, according to the BLS and the National Safety Council. When you consider the financial implications, loss of time, loss of productivity and increased workforce strain, the overall drain of workplace injuries can be overwhelming for many businesses.
To help mitigate the risk of hand and finger injuries in the workplace, employers can provide ongoing hand care awareness and protection training to all their employees. Hand care protection training should be reoccurring, comprehensive and up to date to keep all employees informed and ensure that safety is a consistent priority.
When crafting a hand protection training program, experts suggest that a business make sure to include comprehensive and relevant information for employees. Make sure to specify which tasks and job functions require the use of hand protection and the potential hazards involved with those tasks. Detail the types of hand protection that is required and any options employees have regarding PPE variations. It is also important to cover how to property wear or otherwise utilize hand protection devices and making sure to point out the limitations. Training should also include details about proper care of hand protection, how to tell if hand protection needs to be repaired or replaced and proper disposal.
While proper training and safety practices are a vital part of reducing the impact of a workplace accident, not all accidents can be prevented. Inevitably the manufacturing industry will likely always face employee injuries and work place incidents, but having the proper precautions in place can help reduce the financial strain your operation will face. At Tri-State Insurance Agency, for more than sixty years we have specialized in providing comprehensive commercial insurance solutions to manufacturers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Our manufacturers worker’s compensation coverage is designed specifically to protect employers from financial and legal complications surrounding a workplace accident. Our PA manufacturing insurance specialists will help assess your operation’s exposures and needs to help provide the complete coverage your operation needs at highly competitive rates. Give our PA manufacturing insurance specialists a call today at (888) 990-0526 to learn more about all our offerings.