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New OH&S Magazine Article: Take Matters into Your Own Hands: Understanding Hand Injuries in the Workplace

Hand injuries including cuts, strained muscles and tendons, damaged nerves, skin disorders, and burns can impact the quality of work, productivity – and even end careers.  According to the Occupational Safety & Health article, the BLS states that over 1 million workers are sent to the emergency room with hand injuries each year, but they aren’t the only ones affected.  “From lacerations and cuts to burns and broken bones, these injuries can be costly for employers. In 2011, the National Safety Council estimated the cost of hand injuries, and the results may be surprising to some employers: The direct cost of a laceration can be $10,000, stitches are often $2,000, and a severed tendon can be more than $70,000. It’s also important to note that these numbers don’t account for the indirect costs, like time away from work and lost productivity due to long-term damage, that are associated with even minor hand injuries.”

To learn more about the risks and prevention of hand injuries, read the full article at OH&S Online, and visit CPWR’s website devoted to this topic – ChooseHandSafety.com