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The 5 Most Dangerous Jobs for Your Hands

by Matt on January 13, 2016

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The first professions that come to your mind when a list of dangerous jobs is mentioned are probably something action-packed like firefighter, police officer or sous-chef to Gordon Ramsey. But today on the blog, we’re looking at jobs that are more statistically dangerous that you might think and suggesting hand protection to help keep those industry workers safe.


1. Metal Fabricators Face Hazards Nearly Everywhere:

Men and women who work in the metal fabrication industry face a number of hazards — not the least of which is the risk of hand injury from various sources. Moving parts on machinery pose one of the biggest threats.

The Fabricator, which is the magazine of Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl., explains that mechanical power presses, portable power tools, abrasive machinery, and mechanical power transmission devices are among the most likely sources of injury.

A great glove for metal fabrication is our Emerald CX® Kevlar® Composite Knit Gloves with Micropore Nitrile Palms.

Why we love them:

Knit with an engineered blend of 13-gauge Kevlar® and Wire-Core™ steel, they are rated ANSI level A4/CE level 5 for cut protection, and also provide outstanding comfort and dexterity. The nitrile coating is infused with millions of tiny pores. In simple terms, these pores displace oils and liquids when pressed against smooth surfaces and create a kind of suction that strengthens your grip. Since the oil can’t saturate the coating, your hands will remain dry.

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2. Loggers and Forestry Workers:

Depending on the data you’re reviewing, logging is one of the most dangerous jobs today. The hand tools used in logging are dangerous, and the trees can become a hazard with almost no warning at all.

OSHA stresses that when environmental factors aren’t in agreement with logging, the hazards grow. This could mean rain, snow, rough terrain, temperature extremes (both hot and cold), lightning and anything else that throws a monkey wrench into the best-laid work plans. Add in the fact that work sites aren’t usually near emergency medical help, and reliable hand protection is even more important.

Loggers are at risk of cuts, splinters, crushing, burns, extreme cold weather, abrasions and a host of other hand injuries. Most logging gloves are heavy-duty leather, but there are other specialty gloves such as those for chainsaw safety and others with steel stitching to protect against serious abrasions. The Endura® Oilbloc™ Goatskin Kevlar®-Lined Anti-Impact Driver Gloves will be a loggers best friend.

Why we love them:

Value for money, these are the greatest gloves ever made. ANSI level A5 cut protection made of abrasion-resistant goat grain leather, back-of-hand protection AND gel-padded vibration dampening palms. These gloves look cool, feel great and keep you safe.


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3. Commercial Fishing: The Deadliest Catch

It’s no secret that commercial fishing ranks near the top of every list of dangerous jobs. The hazards (which are many) are compounded by weather, rolling seas, and the fact that there’s rarely stable footing to be found. The television show, Deadliest Catch, only shows part of how commercial fishermen risk their lives (and their hands) every day.

According to a study by the University of Washington, School of Public Health, hand injuries are the most common of all non-fatal injuries in the industry. And, the most likely people to experience hand injury are deck workers and processors.

This study explains that commercial fishermen are at risk of cuts, punctures, abrasions, burns, scrapes, extreme injury to fingers (including amputation), crushing, debilitating cold, and much more. When choosing gloves for commercial fishing choose the North Sea 11″ Winter Nitrile Coated Gloves.

Why we love them:

Aside from the great puncture and abrasion resistance that these nitrile gloves offer, they stay flexible in cold conditions. So these gloves won’t stiffen, crack or lose their liquid-resistant properties. The sand-patch finish on the hand portion keeps liquids away from the surface to increase grip and the full winter-fleece lining cushions hands while keeping them warm and dry. About these gloves, Matt Bradley, star of Discovery Network’s The Deadliest Catch said “thank you for keep my hands warm and dry!”


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4. Sanitation Workers Put Their Hands at Risk on and off the Truck:

The day-to-day life of a sanitation worker is rarely the same — although the motions of the job might be. Lifting heavy objects, particularly cans and bags, puts a strain on the back, but the hands take a lot of abuse. Even worse, much of the abuse isn’t predictable.

Most workers ride on the back end of a truck, so there’s the risk of falling plus the possibility of blisters just from holding on all day. When a worker jumps off a truck, the risk of a slip and fall injury increases, but bigger dangers might be what’s inside a trash can.

Workers risk cuts, punctures, abrasions, chemical burns, exposure to hazardous materials and more, all because you never know what someone might set out at the curb. For that reason, gloves for the sanitation industry must protect against a wide range of hazards: from extreme weather conditions, to cuts from a broken kitchen knife that someone tossed into the trash. In these situations, you have a couple of options. If there is a risk of injury from hypodermic needles, the Dexterity® Hi-Viz Latex Glove with Punkban™ with a disposable nitrile glove underneath (to keep our moisture and garbage juice) is your best best. If hypodermic needles are not a threat, TenActiv™ Fully Nitrile-Coated Cut-Resistant Glove are an excellent option.

Why we love them:

The full nitrile coating keeps out oils and liquids and the TenActiv™ liner provides ANSI level A3 cut resistance. These gloves also feature a Velcro closure at the wrist for a snug fit.

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5. Cell Tower and Lineman Hands Take Unrelenting Abuse:

Also regarded as one of the most all-around dangerous jobs, cell phone tower workers put work gloves to extreme tests. These professionals climb to get to work, and then work with steel all day once they get there. And then they have to climb back down again, often hundreds of feet at a time. Electrical workers might not climb as much, but they face similar hazards plus the risk of electrocution. See our full list of lineman gloves here.

Tower climbers and electrical workers work in ice, rain, snow, sleet, and even in the heat of summer. Steel is freezing cold in winter, and blistering hot in summer, so a tower climber needs good insulation. Grip helps any worker hang on, and it also help avoid dropped tools — which can be disastrous from a higher altitude.

Once a worker gets to the top of a tower or pole, other hazards come into play. Cuts and punctures from steel, crushing injuries from tools and fitting components, blisters from pulling and aligning heavy cables, and abrasions against any number of materials are part of a tower worker’s job. With gloves that offer good dexterity, insulation and grip, any tower worker or lineman’s job is much easier and safer. A great option is our Endura® Deluxe Kevlar®-Lined Lineman Gloves with 6” Reflective Gauntlet Cuffs.

Why we love them:

These gloves are available in a summer and winter option and have ANSI level A4 cut protection and ANSI level 5 puncture protection. The extended cuff keeps wrists protected and features 3M™ retroreflective silver strips with hi-viz bands for ultimate visibility.

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If you work in any of these dangerous jobs, get a FREE sample of our gloves and make your day a little safer!

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