Fingers Injured At Work

Statistics provided by hospitalsai??i?? accident and emergency departments show that fingers are a part of the human anatomy that are frequently injured at work.

Each finger has 3 bones, known as phalanges, and the thumb has only two bones. Ligaments hold bones in place at the joints in fingers and tendons are the fibrous bands that attach muscles to bones and allow the flexible, precise movements of the joints. There are 2 nerves running along each side of the finger that provide sensation to the finger. There are no muscles in fingers and the muscles that move the fingers are in the forearm and hand.

Fingers may suffer a wide variety of injuries caused by accidents at work, ranging from lacerations (cuts) to the skin, avulsions where part of the skin and soft tissue is torn off, finger sprains and dislocations due to damage to the ligaments that support the finger joints, infections and skin conditions caused by bacteria, viruses or chemicals, fractures to the bones in the finger, and amputated fingers.

The most effective way of protecting fingers from injury is to have a safe system of work for the task and a safe workplace, rather than attempting to rely on protective gloves and personal sildenafil citrate for sale. protective equipment (ai???ppeai???).

There is a legal requirement for businesses and companies to assess the risks in the workplace and then develop a plan to control the risks to prevent accidents and finger injuries occurring.

Despite the legal duty to do risk assessments the governmentai??i??s Health & Safety Executive continues to report accidents at work that would have been avoided if the company had implemented straightforward safety measures.

A recent example of this was an accident suffered by a brewery worker whose index finger and ring finger were traumatically amputated whilst he attempted to unblock a grain dust chute. The worker unfortunately required 5 operations on his injured right hand during the months after the accident. The HSE prosecuted the brewery for being in breach of the safety laws and the magistratesai??i?? court ordered it to pay A?16,000 in fines and costs.

The accident suffered by the brewery worker that left him with a permanently disabled hand was easily preventable, for instance, if there had been a guard fitted inside the chute to prevent access to the rotating valve that severed the workerai??i??s fingers, and also a safe system of work for employees to follow when working unblocking the chutes of grain dust extractors.

The safety law for workplace risk assessments: Ai??the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999