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Preventing Cuts and Lacerations in the Workplace

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

If you’re facing a work-related cut and laceration injury, reach out to our experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We’ll inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

What are Cuts and Lacerations?

Cuts are skin wounds that are caused by sharp objects like knives or glass while lacerations are torn or jagged wounds that are usually the result of sharp objects. Although cuts and lacerations can happen in any industry, they are most prevalent in industries that require employees to work with sharp instruments like machinery, construction, and agriculture. Some of the most common types of cuts and lacerations include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Abrasions and scratches
  • Minor cuts
  • Deep lacerations
  • Needle sticks
  • Amputations

Most Common Causes of Work-Related Cuts and Lacerations

There are a variety of reasons you may experience a cut or laceration at work. Some of the most common causes of these injuries are:

  • Lack of safety procedures
  • Improper use of hand tools with blades such as knives, screwdrivers, and chisels
  • Unsafe handling of sheet metal, glass, and other sharp objects
  • Contact with metal objects like nails
  • Use of tools while in a rush and taking shortcuts
  • Conveyor belts, pinch points, motors, and other powered machinery with cutting blades
  • Clutter, debris, or a messy work environment
  • Poor lighting
  • Damaged or outdated tools with flaws such as dull blades and cracked handles

How to Prevent Cuts and Lacerations at Work

With the proper safety precautions, many cuts and lacerations can be prevented. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of these injuries at work.

Ensure Tools are Always Secure

While you are cutting a tool, make sure it’s secure. Also, never hold the item you’re cutting in your hand and keep the non-cutting hand away from the path of the cut.

Wear the Right Safety Equipment

Before handling any tools or sharp objects, wear eye protection, gloves, a long-sleeve shirt, and other important safety equipment.

Replace Dull Blades

When you notice a blade is dull, replace it. Put the dull blade in an approved container or wrap its edge with heavy tape.

Undergo Proper Training

Using certain tools is not common knowledge. Therefore, ask your employer to properly train you before you incorporate them into your routine. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or express any concerns you may have.

Store Sharp Tools in a Special Place

Rather than allowing sharp tools to sit around anywhere, store them in a special drawer or container.

Select the Right Gloves

It’s essential to put on cut-resistant gloves before you work with tools or sharp objects. However, if the gloves you have are uncomfortable, you’re less likely to wear them. Take the time to find comfortable gloves that are specifically designed for the tasks you typically perform.

Injured at Work? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

Despite your best efforts to prevent cuts and lacerations at work, you may still get injured. If this occurs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We’ll inform you of which benefits you may be entitled to and guide you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.