If a manufacturing worker sustains a hand injury, damage is done to much more than just the hand itself. High injury rates mean lost productivity for manufacturing workplaces, as well as higher insurance premiums and costly compensation claims for companies. The damage inflicted by hand injuries is extensive.
Decreased efficiency – With hands constantly in the danger zone, gloves get covered in grease and oil and can become slippery – at which point they cease to be effective because hands can slide off tools and machinery. This creates the need to replace gloves regularly which can disrupt productivity and decrease efficiency.
Lost productivity – In an industry where hand and wrist injuries comprise 30-40% of all work-related injuries presenting to emergency departments, loss of workable time contributes to unplanned downtime and reduced productivity.
High injury rates – Hand and wrist injuries are the second most commonly reported Lost Time Injury (LTI). LTIs threaten workers’ well-being, plants’ productivity and lead to costly compensation claims for companies – Safe Work Australia calculated the total cost of injury per incident at over $60K.
Insurance Premiums – Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and loss of workable time can be debilitating to manufacturing companies. Companies that experience a high Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) are more likely than those with a low LTIFR to be hit by higher insurance premiums, because it is seen as a liability. Therefore, ensuring workers are equipped with the best hand protection is critical to ensuring a low LTIFR.
Gloves that are durable, can be easily cleaned, offer sufficient grip, dexterity and cut protection can ensure workers keep the gloves on for a variety of fine work tasks. Ultimately, this will improve worker safety, efficiency and their entire experience, as well as limit the potential for larger-scale costs associated with hand injuries, including insurance premiums.
Australian owned hand protection
Australian owned Ansell is investing in the safety of the world’s manufacturing industry with its new glove styles that feature innovative cut resistant technology.
Ansell’s new INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ provides workers with greater cut protection, whilst providing high levels of dexterity at high levels of mechanical performance.
Connecting the expectations of comfort, cut protection, and high dexterity levels are Ansell’s new additions to the HyFlex® glove range – specifically tailored cut-resistant gloves that boast long life spans due to the durable materials used within them.
Ansell’s new INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ is a breakthrough in knitted glove protection, keeping hands secure from cut risks longer. It is a specialised knitting technology which blends engineered, synthetic and natural fibres into high performance yarns. This provides workers with high cut protection with exceptional comfort and dexterity; supporting increased speed, safety and efficiency of tasks.
This technology is intended to upgrade hand protection and productivity in work environments where sharp tools and materials are handled. By employing HyFlex® gloves, manufacturing workplaces can reduce the risk of hand injuries on site, lower LTIFRs and ensure a safer and more efficient environment for workers.
For more information on Ansell’s INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ and HyFlex ® gloves, download their whitepaper here.