What is Industrial Hand Trauma?
The hand is one of the most flexible and useful parts of our body. Because of overuse in various activities, the hands are more prone to injuries, such as sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations, lacerations and amputations while operating machinery, bracing against a fall and during sports. Workplace or industrial hand trauma is the leading cause of lost workplace work hours and visits to the emergency room. Industrial hand injuries can be minor to life-threatening.
Causes of Industrial Hand Trauma
Common causes of industrial hand trauma include:
- Not wearing proper hand gloves
- Wearing inadequate hand gloves such as loose-fitting, damaged or wrong type
- Improper training in the use of safety equipment
- Worn out personal safety equipment
Prevention of Industrial Hand Trauma
Prevention is always better than a cure. It is important for every employer to take proper preventive precautions. As the saying goes to be forewarned is to be forearmed, employers need to ensure proper procedures and adequate safety equipment is in place.
Regular risk assessments within the workplace or industry too can help in avoiding unnecessary injuries. Proper training, clear signage, alertness, etc., can go a long way in preventing workplace hand injuries.
Type of Gloves to Wear for Preventing Hand Trauma
- Fabric and cotton gloves that protect against abrasions and keep hands clean.
- Coated fabric gloves that provide protection against moderate concentrations of chemicals for wearing in laboratory
- Plastic, rubber, or synthetic gloves for cleaning or working with solvents, oils, and other chemicals.
- Leather gloves for welding to protect against cuts and abrasions.
- Aluminized gloves for welding, furnace or foundry work.
- Kevlar gloves for industrial applications to protect against both heat and cold.
Gloves for specific chemical resistance
- Wrist Fracture
- Fractures of the Hand and Fingers
- Wrist Sprain
- Flexor Tendon Injuries
- Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ) Arthritis
- Ulnar Nerve Compression in Guyon's Canal
- Scaphoid Facture
- Industrial Hand Trauma
- Distal Radius Osteotomy to Correct Mal-Union (Crooked Painful Wrist)
- Distal Intersection Syndrome
- Distal Biceps Avulsion
- Adult Forearm Fractures
- Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist
- Arthritis of the Thumb
- Ganglion Cyst
- Boutonniere Deformity
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervain's Tendinosis
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- Hand Pain
- Hand Infections
- Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) Arthritis
- Wrist Injuries
- Wrist Tumors
- Boxer's Fracture
- Swan Neck Deformity
- Carpal Instability
- Bennett's Fracture
- Kienbock's Disease
- Scapholunate Dissociation
- Triscaphoid Joint Arthritis
- Ulnar Carpal Impaction
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury (TFCC)
- Guyon's Canal Syndrome
- Hand Masses
- Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ) Instability
- Work Related Hand Injuries
- Wrist Ligament Tear and Instability
- Metacarpophalangeal Joint Arthritis