Scaffolding is an integral part of any major construction project or facility turn around. During installation and de-construction, scaffolding creates a variety of hazards to workers’ hands. Sharp edges, metal or wood slivers, and pinch points are all areas of potential concern for injury. Injuries on construction sites can be costly, which heightens the importance of taking proper safety precautions.
Hand Injuries Common Among Scaffolding Riggers
According to the latest government statistics, hand injuries account for 15% - 20% of all scaffolding related injuries, with many of these injuries requiring medical attention. The major causes of hand injuries while working with scaffolding are:
HexArmor® Provides Needed Protection For Worker
A scaffolding erector was performing a regular work task of constructing a scaffold frame during a turnaround at a large mine smeltery. As the worker was joining two uprights, one of the sections slipped causing the upright to slam down onto the worker’s palm. Luckily the worker had a pair of HexArmor® Chrome Series® 4026 gloves on during the incident, and the SuperFabric® brand material plates within the glove deflected the force of the pinchpoint, keeping the metal away from the worker’s hand. Had the worker been wearing any other synthetic leather glove, he would have had to make a trip to the hospital for stitches or worse. The potential injury could have been a severe pinch to the lower palm that may have resulted in a laceration and a LTI (lost time injury).
HexArmor® Provides Needed Protection from Pinch Hazard
If the contractor employee was wearing a traditional leather driver’s glove as opposed to HexArmor® protection and technology, the pinch would have penetrated the leather glove and trapped the individual’s skin on his palm in between the two connecting pipes. In the case of this near incident, the employee was wearing the correct protection. Instead of his skin getting trapped between the two connecting pipes, the HexArmor® SuperFabric® brand material was pinched and torn.
The HexArmor Chrome Series® 4026 Mechanics Glove with SuperFabric® brand material was made to handle the sharp edges of steel sheets, pinch points, and other hazards found in scaffolding erection. These gloves provide the highest levels of cut protection on the market, exceeding industry ratings of ISEA and CE cut 5. The proprietary smash guards also reduce the risk of smash and pinch injuries from tools and equipment that are part of the day’s work.
Due to the very abrasive and sharp hazards associated with scaffolding, a more “rugged” palm grip such as the HexArmor® GGT5 ®4021x or Rig Lizard ®2021 made with TP-X® palm grip are also recommended.