Safety Talk Finger & Hand Injuries


inger and hand injuries remain one of the most common types of injuries at Element Six. It is about time that we review the past in order to change the future.

We need to understand that of all the tools that we have available, fingers is one of the most important. They are similar to the wheels on a car, without them, we cannot function properly. Having ten fingers does not mean that nine replacements are available should we loose one, and unfortunately no company has fingers as a stock item in their stores. We can change the trends of the past into a better future in terms of finger and hand injuries?

Lessons to be learned and practiced:
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Always ensure that hands are placed in such a position that they are out of harms way. Take ten minutes and calculate the amount that ten fingers are worth in Rand value. Constantly practice safe behaviour. Supervisors to constantly enforce safe behaviour. Use the PPE supplied, they are supplied free of charge and are always replaceable not fingers. Because we constantly work with our hands, they are always at risk, and should therefore receive special attention. Take some time and think of all the hundreds of different things we do with our hands and fingers…hold a new born baby, catch a fish, write, communicate, count money, open a door, drive cars, put clothes on, scratch where it itches, hold a book, fix machinery, lift objects, defend ourselves, pick up an object, sign language, play sport, eating…etc If we really focus on keeping our hands and fingers out of harms way, it will be a natural reaction for the rest of the body to follow suit.

We must constantly think about what we are doing and how we are doing things.

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