Every year, millions of workers get injured on the job, and a significant number of reported occupational injuries are hand related. But some of the best companies have managed to reduce hand injuries by 50, even 90 percent. How?
Start at the Top
If your company is committed to creating a hand safety culture, start with management. This empowers everyone else in the workplace.
Learn what the best companies do
Companies that have managed to reduce hand injuries significantly have a hand safety program customized to their unique industry needs.
Achieve Team Buy In
- Make stats personal. People respond to stories of practical examples.
- Start small. This helps people to buy into a cause.
- Use positive peer pressure. It is more effective than financial rewards, especially in a public setting.
- The IKEA effect. People place far more value on things they have helped build.
- Nudge Theory. With a few well-placed nudges—subtle cues and triggers using visual elements—you can influence workers to embrace safety practices.
Safety program tips:
- Use detailed stats that allow actionable steps to keep workers safer.
- Stay away from dull or non-credible trainers. A good trainer uses feedback to re-adjusts the training program.
- Avoid poor quality PPE as it ends up costing more in the long run and is harmful to workers.
- Appreciate the diversity of your workforce and try to bring everybody into the conversation.
- Use gamification to award positive activities like wearing PPE and attending training sessions.
Remember! The best companies work toward ZERO accidents as a goal. For a more in-depth discussion on building an effective hand safety program, get your free copy of the hand safety book, REThinking Hand Safety, by author and Vice President of Superior Glove, Joseph Geng. The book offers practical and effective techniques to improve your hand safety program—techniques that come with years of experience and expertise that can be applied immediately for results.
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Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing January/February 2024
Some of the smartest men and women in the industry have graced the pages of this magazine—and have won the award of Timber Processing Person of the Year. They’ve all been incredibly worthy of this recognition for innovation, commitment and love of the industry they serve. Perhaps none have been quite as innovative as the introverted sawmiller from Georgia named Levi Anderson Pollard, V, whose name is on two of the patents that changed the way the sawmilling world manufactures and dries lumber (and on so many other patents as well).
Walter Jarck, whose career in the forest products industry spanned 65 years and ranged from logging machinery to engineered wood products, died January 3, surrounded by his children, in North Wilkesboro, NC. He was 92.
Carbotech Group has acquired Sawquip, a manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of sawmill equipment for the primary and secondary breakdown of logs into lumber. This acquisition allows Carbotech Group to add on a new field of expertise, providing customers with innovative new solutions for lumber production. Sawquip’s innovative products include log turners and optimized log infeeds, chipping canters, twin and quad circular saw modules, as well as optimized gangs for controlled shape sawing, among others.
Rob Freres, president of Oregon-based Freres Engineered Wood, a manufacturer of lumber, veneer, plywood and mass timber, has thrown in his support for a lawsuit filed by the Oregon Trucking Assn. and three Oregon-based trucking companies against the state of Oregon for overcharging truckers under the weight-mile tax.
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