The hands are the priceless tools of trade for those working within the mining industry. A hand injury can be debilitating to workers, their families and corporations in the form of time off work, plant downtime and costly compensation payments.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury between July 2013 and June 2014, 20% were sustained by hitting, being hit or cut by an object or vehicle.
With hands constantly in the danger zone, gloves get covered in grease and oil and can become slippery – at which point they cease to be effective because hands can slide off. This creates the need to replace gloves regularly which can disrupt productivity.
12-hour shifts are long periods of time to be wearing any type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If a glove is uncomfortable and ineffective, workers are likely to not wear it at all.
Therefore, gloves that are durable, can be easily cleaned, offer sufficient grip, dexterity and cut resistance can help to ensure workers keep the gloves on for a variety of fine work tasks. Ultimately, this will limit the potential for hand injuries on site and improve worker safety, efficiency and their entire experience.
A US study on Glove Use and the Relative Risk of Acute Hand Injury draws the link between providing gloves that are dexterous and comfortable, and reducing injury rates – glove use was associated with lowering the risk of lacerations and punctures by 60-70% in workers.
Comfortable, durable and cut resistant hand protection
Ansell’s new INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ provides workers with greater cut protection, whilst providing high levels of dexterity at high levels of mechanical performance.
Connecting the expectations of affordability, cut protection, and high dexterity levels are Ansell’s new additions to the HyFlex® glove range – specifically tailored cut-resistant gloves that boast long life spans due to the durable materials used within them.
Ansell’s new INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ is a breakthrough in knitted glove protection, keeping hands secure from cut risks longer. It is a specialised knitting technology which blends engineered, synthetic and natural fibres into high performance yarns. This provides workers with high cut protection with exceptional comfort and dexterity; supporting increased speed, safety and efficiency of tasks.
This technology is intended to upgrade hand protection and productivity in work environments where sharp tools and materials are handled. The revolutionary INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ ultimately creates a safer glove experience for workers.
By employing HyFlex® gloves, mining workplaces can reduce the risk of hand injuries on site, lower injury rates and ensure a safer and more efficient environment for workers.
For more information on Ansell’s INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ and HyFlex ® gloves, download their whitepaper here.