As a kid , my father used to take me on concrete & mason jobs after school and on weekends. When your that young you just love getting your hands dirty, and there was a lot of that so I loved to be there.
In my opinion the concrete business is the most tolling industry of all on your body. You have cement curing and all cost you have to get it spread, floated and finished within a non-forgivable time period.
That fast pace sometimes throws safety out the window, so a simple item like gloves was not even a thought. Even when your hands were splitting from the chemicals in the concrete you didn’t care because you had to get it done.
Many years later I find myself in the Hoisting & Scaffolding business. Working in this industry was different but this was another industry that had safety on the back burner for many years.
I would have to say that 50% of the times I used gloves for the tasks I was performing. 50% of the rest of the time, they weren’t right for our application. If you were 50 stories up in the air putting together a nut and bolt the last thing you wanted to wear were gloves, for the simple fact that they were clumsy and the risk increased of you dropping either the nut or bolt.
Since I’ve been inside (6 years) I have seen many changes in the glove world. Today’s gloves are designed to protect workers from a variety of threats but at the same time be comfortable.
These threats include lacerations from sharp edges such as glass and sheet metal. They now protect you from the harmful chemicals in cement and there even are gloves that protect from chemical burns.
1,000,000 + that’s the number of workers visiting the ER annually in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is amazing how we do not value our hands and continue to do stupid things that can potentially destroy your livelihood.
Wearing gloves is the most effective way of reducing most hand injuries. It has been proven to reduce relative risk of injury by 60%
Excuses for not wearing gloves are now plain bull. Gloves are now properly sized to fit workers. They now cater to every application and task performed, there lighter with touch sensitivity so why would you not wear them?
We all know that wearing gloves will not protect against every hand injury. But a small abrasion or laceration can lead to infection and who knows at that point what could happen.
The International Safety Equipment Association has published an updated American National Standard for Hand Protection Criteria that gives guidance in selecting adequate defense against severe cuts and lacerations