The Progression of Hand Protection: Guarding Your Most Valuable Tools
Hand protection has come a long way since workers first used their hands.
- By Sydny Shepard
- Aug 01, 2022
There are many tools that have become invaluable to employees in a variety of industries across the decades, but one could argue that the most important tool to a worker is their hands. It is with these appendages that we are able to push, pick and pull items as well as hold other tools that can help get the job done. It is not surprising that laborers and employees through history took time to create ways to protect and guard hands in an effort to lengthen the amount of time a worker would be viable in the industry.
Our podcast episode today is an audio component of our 90th anniversary article in the July/August issue of OH&S. If you’ve been following along to our 90th anniversary coverage, we have taken deep dives into important safety and health topics like respiratory protection, heat-related injuries and falls from heights. Today, however, we will discuss common hand injuries, how much hand injuries cost workplaces and the history of hand protection, including the evolution of protective equipment and the advanced technology through the years.
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Sydny Shepard is the former editor of Occupational Health & Safety.