5 Facts You Need to Know to Create a Safer Workplace
Your body is weird. I don’t mean that in a your hips are too wide and your neck is too long sort of way.
I mean that all of our bodies are weird.
But our bodies are also really cool. Look at your hand right now. Try to bend your finger while you’re actively thinking about bending your finger. You can’t do it! But somehow your finger still bends.
I want this post to do three things for you:
- Get you pumped up about how cool hands are
- Provide you with eye opening injury statistics
- Motivate you to make positive changes in your workplace
Ready to cross goal #1 off the list? Watch this video:
Look at that, we’re already at goal #2
Now that you’re sufficiently amped up about hands, let’s dive into some eye opening injury statistics with these five simple facts.
Fact #1: It’s Not the People… It’s the Size of the Company
We’ve surveyed hundreds of our customers in various industries and found one commonality:
Companies with less than 100 employees were forty times more likely to have a workplace hand injury than companies with over 500 employees.
That’s not to say that to reduce injuries, you need to hire more workers.
Larger companies have more resources.
These companies also have organizational infrastructure in place for creating — and enforcing — safety policies.
Does that mean that smaller companies are doomed?
There are dozens of options available for companies with less resources to maintain a safe workplace.
One option is to complete a risk assessment.
Risk assessments don’t cost much and can even be done in-house with a keen eye and a desire for improving safety.
Fact #2: The Most Common Injuries Aren’t the Deadliest
Did you know:
The lower back is the leading cause of lost-time injuries in the United States.
If you’ve ever struggled through a work day with a sore back, you can attest to the fact that while this isn’t a deadly injury, it’s absolutely going to mess your day up.
The second most common injury in the workplace is cuts and lacerations.
In 2012, cuts and lacerations accounted for thirty percent of all workplace injuries.
These range from scratches and abrasions to deep cuts that require stitches.
The first step to eliminating these injuries is to look at why these types of injuries are happening and get involved with finding a solution.
Fact #3: Age Plays a Factor in Who is Getting Hurt
It’s usually younger workers, those aged 15 to 24.
They are twice as likely to go to the hospital because of a workplace injury.
It’s because tthey are less experienced in the workplace, they may not be as aware of the hazards and they may have a feeling of invincibility.
But where age does not play a factor is in the cost of a hand injury.
In 2015, in the United States, the average cost for a hand, finger or wrist injury was $22,384 regardless of your age.
That included things like trips to the hospital, shut down times for investigation and first aid treatments.
The real question becomes how do you take that kind of money and instead of spending it on trips to the hospital, you spend it on improving the workplace and keeping employees safe.
Fact #4: The Solution is Easier Than You Think
OSHA says that 70% of hand injuries happen when you’re not wearing a glove.
That means that the solution is to put a glove on your hand.
That doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive glove or the most technologically advanced.
What it does mean is that the glove you buy has to protect you from the hazards that you encounter on a regular basis.
See how one glove saved an automotive company $200,000.
Fact #5: We Need Routines
In our personal lives we all have routines, and safety is no different.
Hopefully your safety training isn’t as intense as the training above, but how often is it happening?
- Is it daily?
- Is it weekly?
- Is it monthly?
- Does it happen at all?
If it’s not daily or weekly, then it’s a huge red flag.
Professional sports teams don’t train once a month and expect to win their games. They have a regimented routine to be their best.
Safety training is no different.
Routine safety training has a 42% reduction in workplace injury claims.
That’s because after a session people feel safer, and think and act in a smarter fashion.
It can be as simple as a fifteen minute toolbox talk at the beginning of every shift, or it could be a more in-depth weekly meeting.
But by creating a routine, your employees will come to expect the safety message and will think in a more positive, safer manner.
Finally on our list of goals is to take actionable steps to improve your workplace.
How to Prevent Hand Injuries:
When it comes to reducing hand injuries, the simplest thing you can do is review your hand safety program.
That means you look at what gloves are being used. You talk to the people who are using them.
What do they like about the gloves? What do they hate about the gloves? Are they actually wearing the gloves.
You find out which ones are the issues and then you look to replace them.
It’s that simple.
If you don’t know where to start or how to go about it, that’s okay, because that’s why we’re here.
This is the Superior Glove team.
Their favorite thing in the world is to go into workplaces and help people reduce hand injuries.
Through this program we’ve seen a 92% reduction in hand injuries.
One company had 57 hand injuries a year, we went in and did a review. When we came back a year later , they were down to nine hand injuries.
On top of that the company saved over $153,000 that year on gloves.
Are you ready to make a change to your safety game?
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