“From our investigation we discovered that more than half, 55 per cent, of amputation injuries were due to inadequate safety provisions at the workplace, such as the lack of proper machine guarding and risk management.” – Mr. Sam Tan, Minister of State Manpower, Taiwan.
Understanding where you should and should not be while preforming tasks can mean the difference between going home at the end of the day…or not. If there are no safety guidelines and you are not familiar, ask!
Keep a minimum distance of one foot between you (limbs and digits included) and the piece of equipment or danger zone.
Know the line of fire and whenever possible have momentum away from your body. Accidents can happen!
You can find the original sources of this information at https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/manpower/safe-hands-campaign-to-reduce-workplace-hand-and-finger-injuries and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d_pO4tSOOY&feature=youtu.be
Written by: Dan Thompson, Canadore College Student