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These overlooked injuries are the second most common in Australia

THESE injuries account for almost 13.5% of all serious workers’ compensation claims, but they are way down the priority list for many companies.

About 14,140 people had to take more than one week off work because of workplace injuries to the hand, fingers and thumb in 2015-16, according to Safe Work Australia (SWA).

By Andrew Hobbs

THESE injuries account for almost 13.5% of all serious workers’ compensation claims, but they are way down the priority list for many companies.

About 14,140 people had to take more than one week off work because of workplace injuries to the hand, fingers and thumb in 2015-16, according to Safe Work Australia (SWA).

Only back injuries were more common in Australian workers over that 12-month period, with serious hand injuries making up:

According to a 2013 SWA report, Work-Related Injuries Resulting in Hospitalisation 2006-2009 (Report), injuries to the hands and wrists made up 38% of all work-related hospital admissions over a three-year period.

These injuries were “by far” the most common, with 24% of all injuries relating to fingers and thumbs alone.

Amputations of part of the hand or wrist made up 4.9% of the total 5% of hospitalisations over the three-year period.

The most common causes of these injuries (including serious lacerations and amputations) are:

7 tips to reduce hand injuries in your workplace

Use these tips to control the risk of hand injuries occurring in your workplace:

The Health & Safety Handbook contains a number of chapters to help you address possible health and safety threats you may not have identified yet in your workplace. And more importantly – helps you with the practical steps you need to take to reduce that risk, if you can’t eliminate it completely.

From hazard identification, risk assessment, workplace design, personal protective equipment, plant safety, construction – and the list goes on – the handbook will have what you need to find, assess and control the hidden risks to your workers such as the one looked at today – hand injuries. These types of injuries cause lost time and compensation claims that your business will suffer for.

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