RISK ON THE RIG
Fingers are still the most vulnerable part of the body with the highest number of reported Lost Time Incidents, according to the latest IADC Incident Statistics Program. In an industry-wide effort to reduce impact & crushing injuries as well as severe abrasions & lacerations, safety professionals from major oil and gas companies are requiring personnel to use impact and cut-resistant gloves meeting the “Global Glove Guidelines” for drilling and service contracts.
In addition to reported injuries, the IADC Incident Statistics Program reported by occupation, the largest percentage of LTIs and recordable injuries happened to floormen, with a slighty reduced rate of LTIs reported for driller and roustabout occupations. With the average total cost of $21,918* per hand injury, it’s imperative rig personnel adopt and utilize the appropriate hand protection to reduce the severity of hand injuries and LTIs on the rig.
[Find more information from the IADC Incident Statistics Report here]
ORHD® Knit Utility: Impact Resistance
It's clear drilling operations pose great threat to rig hands, especially the fingers which are at high risk of pinch-point injury. The ORHD Knit Utility isn't your average knit dip glove. The 13-gauge machine knit polyester shell supports anatomically shaped Thermoplastic Rubber designed to safeguard the knuckles, metacarpals and fingers from common impact and crushing injuries on the rig. The ORHD Knit Utility goes one step further in protecting the user's digits. The fingertips are one of the most vulnerable areas of the hand for pinch-point injuries, so we extended the dense Thermoplastic Rubber protection to the tip of each finger. How does it feel? More comfortable than one may think. We added dedicated flex-points to the Thermoplastic Rubber at the joints to restore flexibility, so the user can work comfortably and with confidence.
Any floorhand will agree, maintaining a solid grip is a challenge, but this isn't your average dip glove. The palm of the ORHD Knit Utility is padded and equipped with a durable nitrile coating. The nitrile coating is designed to restore gripping power and features a unique textured treatment that provides added traction in dry, oily and wet conditions. Encased in the nitrile coated palm is 3mm padding to help soften the impact and vibration the hands experience on any given shift, especially on the rig floor. By reducing the impact and vibration taken through the palm side of the hand, we can help reduce the risk of long-term injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
ORDH® Knit CR5: Cut Resistance
Hands in the oil and gas industry are often exposed to cut hazards from drilling, transportation, construction and refining. The average laceration, puncture and rupture injury costs $30,336 per claim*, including both medical and worker compensation. For safety professionals, preventing injuries of this nature is a major concern. As for the end user, one of the biggest concerns is how well the glove fits and how well it performs in the field. Historically, cut resistant materials are thick and lacking in overall dexterity. The ORHD Knit CR5 reduces the risk of cut and puncture injuries with a seamless 13-gauge knit shell delivering CE level 5 cut resistance throughout the entire glove.
In addition to powerful cut resistance, the ORHD Knit CR5 delivers functional impact protection identical to that of the ORHD Knit Utility. Anatomically shaped Thermoplastic Rubber serves as the first line of defense against impact and crushing injuries by protecting the knuckles, metacarpals and fingers. The high-wear area between the index and thumb is reinforced with durable Armortex® to withstand extreme abrasion and extend the life of the glove. The nitrile coated palm is textured and equipped with our standard 3mm internal palm padding to help absorb shock and vibration and restore grip when in contact with drilling mud and oil. CR5 protection goes beyond exceptional cut resistance. It also provides incredible abrasion resistance, improving the life and longevity of the glove.
It's safe to say the old cotton days are over and high performance task-specific hand protection is leading the fight to an injury free work environment.
*2014 National Safety Council Injury Statistics