What Do These Pictures Have In Common?


What Do These Pictures Have In Common?

Posted by Julie Copeland
Hand Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are around 250,000 serious hand, finger, and wrist injuries in private industry per year including approximately 8,000 amputations.

All 3 of the above pictures came about as a result of hand tools being used inappropriately with “best work methods” not always being followed.  All 3 injuries were 100% preventable.  Don’t let your employees become these pictures – Proper training , tools and guidance will bring your company closer to the drive to Zero.  Please share this blog with your workers to improve awareness and reduce workplace injuries.
Some real life accident causes:
  • Using the wrong sized tool for the job.
  • Attempting to lift too heavy weight
  • Using a spanner or wrench as a hammer.
  • Handling round objects leading to pinching, crushing
  • Hammering on ring spanners.
  • Over reaching to do a job and the spanner slipping.
  • Flying objects from tools in bad condition.
  • Tools falling from heights.
Five basic safety rules apply when working around power tools:
  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance
  • Use the right tool for the job
  • Examine each tool for damage before use and never use damaged tools
  • Operate tools according to the manufacturers’ instructions
  • Provide and use (properly) the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ) for the application.
Hand injuries are ALWAYS preventable. The costs of proper training and PPE far outweigh the cost of injuries.  Contact your Arbill representative today to discuss training and PPE needs to keep your employees safe.  We publish our Safety Blog 3 times each week – We would love to hear your thoughts.  Pleasecontact us with your safety questions and we will gladly respond in a blog. Arbill.com is a great resource for information on how to achieve a culture of safety in your workplace – visit often. 

Orthopedic Minute — Pediatric Orthopedic Sports Injuries


Orthopedic Minute — Pediatric Orthopedic Sports Injuries


Time for another Orthopedic Minute presented by Washington University Physicians.

Hi, my name is Charles Goldfarb and I’m an Orthopedic Surgeon at Washington University Orthopedics and when I see patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital or the Orthopedic Center at Chesterfield, I often see them because of pediatric sports injuries of the upper extremity.

Let’s talk about some specific injuries for the pediatric upper extremity from sports. First, there are certain sports that especially predispose to orthopedic injuries including gymnastics. Gymnasts see two common injuries. The first is a wrist injury from constant overload or pressure on the growth plates of the distal radius. This is difficult to treat and often requires a backing off from sports and a shutdown for a temporary period of time. However, the good news is most kids get back to gymnastics after this type of injury.

The second problem is at the elbow with what we call an OCD or an Osteochondral Defect of the Lateral Elbow. This is much more difficult to treat and expectations are limited. Other common sports injuries include baseball players who can jam their fingers and have what we call mallet fingers and baseball players are also predisposed to elbow injuries.

The difficulty with a sports injury in any age patient is expectations for the future and return to play. This is compounded in the pediatric patient because the kids want to get back to sports but we have to balance that desire with a rationale approach to the future.

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