A hand injury to a mining worker can be debilitating – cutting much deeper than the just the skin itself. The repercussions of hand injuries incurred on the mine site are extensive, including; lost productivity, high injury rates, higher insurance premiums and costly compensation claims for companies.
But in the harsh mining environment that exposes workers to relentless extreme temperatures, heavy machinery, sharp objects, oil and other hazardous chemicals, hands are continuously thrust into danger zones – highlighting the importance of keeping them safe from harm.
In order to make sure workers keep gloves on for a variety of fine work tasks, marrying the needs of dexterity, durability, comfort and safety within a single glove can improve safety, efficiency and productivity. If not, businesses can expect to experience the following ramifications;
Lost productivity – In an industry where hand and wrist injuries comprise 30-40% of all work-related injuries presenting to emergency departments, loss of workable time contributes significantly to unplanned downtime and reduced productivity. Safe Work Australia calculated the total cost of injury per incident at over $60K.
Decreased efficiency – When gloves get covered in grease and oil, they can become slippery – at which point they cease to be effective because hands can slide off tools and machinery. This creates the need to replace gloves regularly which can disrupt productivity and decrease efficiency.
Higher insurance premiums – Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and loss of workable time can be debilitating to manufacturing companies. Companies that experience a high Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) are more likely than those with a low LTIFR to be hit by higher insurance premiums, because it is seen as a liability. Therefore, ensuring workers are equipped with the best hand protection is critical to ensuring a low LTIFR.
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 designed 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. INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology™ ultimately delivers 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.