Avoiding Common Hand Injuries

  • Posted on: Jan 24 2018
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Hand injuries are incredibly common, but they can also be incredibly debilitating. When your hand is injured, just getting through the day can become a problem. While most hand injuries are entirely treatable, the best thing you can do is take caution and avoid injuring your hands.

Let’s take a look at how you can prevent hand injuries while at work.

Use Tools Correctly

If your job requires you to work with drills, saws, nail guns, or other power tools, you want to ensure you’re properly trained in how they should be used. Each time you use one of these power tools, make sure you have good lighting and you’re wearing the correct safety gear.

Avoiding Trips or Falls

Many individuals use their hands to break their falls, causing serious injuries to the wrists, fingers, or elbows. While breaking your fall can prevent injury to your hips, shoulders, and head, you should try to avoid falling or tripping as much as possible. Keep walkways clear, always pay close attention to where you’re going, and ensure proper lighting in each room.

Remove Jewelry

Jewelry getting in the way can often lead to hand or finger injuries. Whether your wedding ring becomes caught or a bracelet gets trapped, jewelry can get caught in machinery. If you’re working with risky machinery, it’s always best to remove your jewelry first.

Slow Down

When you’re trying to get a task done, you’re rushing through the motions. Unfortunately, this can make you more prone to accidents and mistakes. In order to reduce your risk of hand injury, take a moment to slow down. It’s better to take a few extra minutes to get the job done than to risk an injury.

Hand Injuries in the Workplace

If you’ve recently been injured in the workplace, getting the right treatment is important for helping you return to work. Getting treatment from an expert orthopedic surgeon, such as the team at Maximum Orthopedics, can ensure your hand injury is properly taken care of – getting you back to work sooner.

To talk about your workplace injury and workers’ compensation claim, contact Maximum Orthopedics today.

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