Protecting Your Hands

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Protecting your hands!
RUNNING RIGHT
RUNNING RIGHT APPLIES TO EVERY TASK WE DO
EVEN BASIC KNIFE SAFETY
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Think before you begin a job
ALWAYS Cut away from your body
Do not use your knee pad as a cutting board.
Wear gloves when cutting for a splice or belt
Never walk with a knife open.
Know where the blade is at all times while cutting and
where your free hand is positioned.
Use a sharp knife, not a dull one.
When cutting something overhead ALWAYS cut away
from your body and make sure you have solid footing.
Use the proper tool for the job. Do not use a knife as a
screw driver, etc.
Fifty three percent of knife injuries at Alpha Operations have occurred while
cutting belts or making cable splices. Do not get in a hurry when using a knife.
ALWAYS CUT AWAY FROM BODY
CLOSE BLADE BEFORE
WALKING
RUN RIGHT
USE A SHARP BLADE
CUT RIGHT
CONTROL FORCE
KNOW WHERE
THE BLADE TIP IS
WEAR GLOVES
How many bones are in a human hand?
8 in wrist, 19 in hand and fingers
Which would make 27
Now, consider this: H is the eighth letter of the
alphabet, A is the first, N is the fourteenth, and D
is the fourth.
8+1+14+4=27
H+A+N+D=27
Over 50% of Injuries at Surface
Mines are to the hands or arms..
 Moving tool holder - hit hand on edge of wheel and belt
 Loosening clamp - repositioned self and tripped foot pedal
causing ram to catch operators hand
 Changing drill with knockout - hit hand with hammer
 Using hoist - caught finger between machine and basket
Let’s try a little experiment
 Button your shirt with one hand.
 Tie your shoes with one hand.
There are hazards that your hands
encounter every day.
Can you name a few?
Blades which can cut or amputate
fingers or hands!
Rough Surfaces that can scrape the
skin!
Machines that can pinch or crush
fingers!
Chemicals that can burn fingers!
HEAT!
Bio-hazardous materials
 Which can cause
disease
Repetitive Strain and Impact which
can cause injuries over time.
Such as Carpal Tunnel…
What is the most common way to
protect your hands?
 Gloves!
It is IMPERITIVE to use the appropriate
type of hand protection depending on
the hazard!
Hand hazards encountered.
 Blades that cut / Glove?
 Rough surfaces / Glove?
 Machines that Crush! / Glove?
 Chemicals that burn / Glove?
 Heat / Glove?
 Bio hazardous materials / Glove?
 Repetitive Strain / Glove?
REMEMBER
 Pay Attention!
 Engage the big muscle between you ears!
 Each circumstance may call for a different
type of protection!
 ASK FOR HELP IF YOU DON’T KNOW!
Other ways to protect your hands.
 Work with respect around machinery.
 Don’t wear gloves while working closely with
moving machinery where there is a danger of
becoming entangled.
 Keep machine guards in place. THEY ARE THERE
FOR YOUR PROTECTION!
 Don’t take short cuts.
 Keep work areas and gloves clean.
More ways to protect your hands.
 Avoid repetitive strain
 Change your grip and work position
frequently
 Use tools designed to prevent injury.
 Use a wrist support.
 Rotate tasks to give your hands and wrists a
rest.
Hand protection is important!
 Accidents can and do happen here!
 Hands are subjected to hazards every day.
 Use the proper protection.
 PAY ATTENTION!
 ENGAGE THE BIG MUSCLE!
 Use hand protection methods and equipment
appropriate for the job.
 Change Stressful work positions frequently.
REMEMBER!
ACCIDENTS DON’T
ALWAYS HAPPEN TO
THE OTHER GUY!
THANK YOU
RUNNING RIGHT
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