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“Which glove should I wear around rotating equipment?” After talking to our sales team, I found that this is one of the most common questions we are asked. Rotating equipment includes lathes or rotary tables. The answer might come as a surprise but in these cases the best glove is no glove.
When working around pieces of rotating equipment, wearing gloves can actually increase the chance of the operator being pulled into the machine, resulting in limb amputation or death. Loose clothing or jewelry can get become entangled in rotating equipment.
Protective gloves can quickly cause the same concerns by getting caught between rotating parts. These machines need alertness and continued attentiveness whenever they are used.
Safety legislation bans wearing loose-fitting clothing around these rotating equipment but even tight-fitting gloves can pose a hazard in these circumstances.
It’s not often that we would recommend that we’d advice not wearing gloves, but if you’re going to be working around rotating equipment, the safest option is to not wear gloves.
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