In a recent study of all injuries reported, injuries to fingers and hands accounted for more than 23% of the total. Approximately 70% of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with the correct personal protective equipment resulting in fewer injuries, less medical costs and fewer disability claims.
Because of the unfortunate frequency of these injuries and the complexity of the situation, Superior Glove released this resource covering all that you need to know about personal safety protection.
In this resource, Superior Glove highlighted many of the common cut resistance myths that they encounter.
Myth #1: Leather is cut resistant. The fact is, leather has an even lower cut resistance than cotton. Since leather is just the skin of an animal it cuts just about as easily as our skin.
Myth #2: Gloves made from Kevlar and Dyneema are cut proof. These glove materials do not make you invincible. Nothing is cut-proof, especially not a material that you hope to move your hand in.
Myth #3: Cut Resistant Gloves are too expensive. If you do the math, this myth doesn’t hold up. Given the wages paid and the sheer productivity involved, it is highly worthwhile to consider the following scenario:
– On average, automotive workers earn $33.90/hour
– Hand injuries are the 2nd leading cause of work related injury and the most preventable
– The average reported hand injury results in 6.1 days off work
– The average cotton glove is 69 cents a pair
– The average leather glove is $2.25 a pair.
– The average Kevlar glove is $5.50 a pair.
During a ten week trial, money spent on Kevlar gloves totaled $2,187 while money spent on leather gloves totaled $2,904. More importantly, no hand injuries occurred when workers wore the Kevlar gloves. Kevlar gloves typically last twice as long as cotton and three times as long as leather.
For more cut resistance information, including case studies, glove tips and cut-resistant sleeves recommendations, view the resource below or download the full copy.