Safety Alert 105 - Keep Your Hands Safe At Work

Did you know?

Hand injuries are one of the main causes of WA workers’ compensation claims – and the most common area of injury for EGT apprentices. In 2020-21, a total of 4,615 hand injury claims were lodged (by all employers in WA) through WA’s Workers' Compensation Scheme, accounting for 18% of total claims.

Although the number of work-related hand injuries have decreased significantly over the last decade, we still have a long way to go. A serious hand injury can result in devastating long-term consequences that not only affect how and if you can continue to work, but can negatively impact on many other areas of your personal life.

What are the most common types of hand injuries?

The most common types of hand injuries in the 2020-21 claims, were:

High risk for electrical workers

39% of claims were made by technicians or trades workers and 23% by labourers, meaning that electricians, apprentice electricians and electrical trade assistants all work in the top risk category.

What you can do to prevent hand injuries

To help avoid hand injuries, we recommend the following:

• Do an accurate Risk Assessment prior to starting your task and wear gloves when there is any risk to your hands.
• Be aware of your hand placement at all times, with all tasks.
• Use the correct tool for the job and always use the tool as it was designed.
• Ensure any rotational power tool is stationary before placing it down.
• Always check that your equipment guarding is adequate and secured safely as directed, prior to use.
• Use specified grip tools, such as a vice, with drills and similar equipment - NEVER use your hands.
• ALWAYS wear the correct gloves for the task at hand

Further Information

Ensure you have read and understand EGT’s policies on open bladed knives, uniform and PPE:

Open Bladed Knives Policy
Apprentice Uniform PPE
Click here to view WorkCover WA’s Statistical Note in full.


For further information regarding this Safety Alert, please contact EGT on (08) 6241 6100 or speak with your Field Officer.

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