FOOD + BEVERAGE
Food and beverage manufacturing has the highest injury rate of all industries. Proper action must be taken to bring these numbers down, such as investing in better safety programs and PPE. Check out our top PPE options for keeping food workers safe.
Manufacturing is a broad industry with many subsectors, the largest of which (for the United States) is chemical manufacturing, followed by computer and electronic products and food and beverage. Post-Covid recovery started to gain momentum in 2021, though operational efficiency and margins may contiue to struggle due to supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages. Worker safety and employee engagment thus become critical factors to maintain productivity in manufacturing environments. Digital capabilities are also making their way to the factory floor in order to drive efficiencies. Worker PPE needs to support this kind of change, with workers and workplaces looking to add features like touchscreen capability in their hand protection needs. Lacerations and cuts remain the most common types of hand injuries in the workplace, so companies look to find the most comfortable and dexterous PPE that offers cut-protection, impact protection and good grip. Below are some of the best PPE options for the manufacturing industry.
Food manufacturing workers suffer a 60% higher rate of injury than other industries.
OSHA estimates that food and beverage companies save $5 for every $1 invested in safety programs.
The Bureau of Labor reported that the food and beverage industry reported over 82,000 injuries in 2020.
A bottling facility for a large international Food & Beverage brand was struggling with inconsistent supply and poor quality in their safety gloves. This meant variations in fit and performance of the product, and PPE vending machines that were short on inventory – leaving workers vulnerable to injury.
Oil + Gas
Historically, hand and finger injuries make up nearly 50 percent of incidents in the oil and gas industry and at some facilities, that number is closer to 80 percent of all recordable incidents. The most common hazards are chemicals, vibration, heat, burns, punctures and cut. According to OSHA, about 30 percent of hand injuries occurred because hand protection was inadequate, damaged or misapplied.