OIL + GAS INDUSTRY
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.
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.
The cost of a single oilfield hand injury is more than $21,000
Comfort matters. 81% of injured workers were not wearing gloves at the time of their injury.
Oil + Gas
The natural gas and oil industry employs upwards of 10.3 million people in the US alone.