While manufacturing flame-resistant clothing for some of the world’s leading oil-and-gas companies, RPS realized that the hands and fingers are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, accounting for 43 percent of reported incidents in a 2012 survey and 32 percent of lost-time incidents *. While usually not life-threatening, hand injuries can add up to huge costs, lost productivity, and reduced quality of life.
* International Association of Drilling Contractors (IACD). IADC 2012 ISP Program Annual Report Index. <http://www.iacd.org/iacd-hse/iadc-2012-isp-program-annual-report-index/>
TOTAL INDUSTRY REPORTED INCIDENTS, BY BODY PART
(2,507 total incidents.)
PINCH POINTS: Any point between moving and stationary parts of equipment that poses the risk of getting a body part caught between them. If a worker gets any portion of his body in these pinch points, injuries including amputations and fractures are a high probability and sometimes even death can result. Most mechanical devices contain pinch points. Choosing the right hand safety impact protection can save your life. Learn more about our CrudeHands Safety Program.
ALWAYS STRIVING TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE SAFETY THROUGH INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, RPS SET OUT TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE NUMBER AND SEVERITY OF HAND INJURIES CAUSED BY INADEQUATE IMPACT PROTECTION. THE RESULT WAS AN IMPACT GLOVE THAT ACTUALLY WORKS. UNLIKE MANY OF OUR COMPETITORS, OUR IMPACT PROTECTION IS MORE THAN JUST A BARRIER TO A MOVING OBJECT; IT ACTUALLY ABSORBS AND REDUCES THE FORCE OF THE OBJECT, GREATLY REDUCING THE IMPACT TO THE HAND. USING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIAL CALLED D3O®, CRUDEHANDS™ GLOVES PROTECT ALL PARTS OF THE HANDS, INCLUDING THE VULNERABLE KNUCKLES AND FINGERTIPS. IN FACT, TESTING INDICATES THAT CRUDEHANDS™ GLOVES, FEATURING D3O®, OUTPERFORM OTHER IMPACT GLOVES MADE WITH MATERIALS SUCH AS TPR AND EVA FOAM BY UP TO 100 PERCENT.
FROM 2008 – 2012.
From 2008-2012, the average cost of a disabling LTI or lost-workday case was $200,000 to the employer.
According to the NSC, 31,079 employees in the Oil/Gas industry experienced non-fatal hand/arm injuries in 2008.
All Other Injuries
In 2008, fires and explosions caused 18 deaths in the Oil/Gas industry, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
DATA COMPILATION FOR IADC IMPACT TESTING
WORKER ROLES AND INJURY ACTIVITIES
RIG POSITION AND TASKS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO ATTRIBUTE TO HAND AND FINGER INJURIES
- CONNECTING DRILL PIPES
- CONNECTING ANNULAR TO RAM BOP
- CUTTING BULK SACK
- MAINTENANCE OF MOVING EQUIPMENT
- PULLING ELEVATOR
- OPENING LOW-TORQUE VALVE
- ASSEMBLING EQUIPMENT
- LIFTING OPERATION
- DISMANTLING EQUIPMENT
- FUNCTION TESTING ANNULAR
WELLHEAD MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
- LIFTING OPERATION