According to the National Safety Council, there are 3.4 billion workrelated injuries annually with $156.2 billion spent each year on work-related injuries. Slices, cuts and abrasions account for almost 30 percent of the lost time and productivity in the U.S. and almost 80 percent of these incidents involve the hands.

Types of cuts

Slicing cuts: These are characterized by the slipping motion of a very sharp edge. The food-handling industry is exposed to this type of hazard on a frequent basis, as well as any industry that uses sharp knives or box cutters in its daily operations.

Abrasive cuts: Common in many industries, a prime example of an abrasive cut is the constant rubbing action of a glove when handling parts with a sharp or jagged edge, i.e. sheet-metal stamping or plastic parts.

Impact cuts: These are not as frequently occurring in the workplace as abrasive and slicing cuts but can happen with a far greater force. An example of this type of cutting accident is being struck by a falling piece of glass or sheet metal. On a smaller scale, impact cuts can happen in the thumb crotch during the normal course of handling sheet-metal or other sharp-edged material.

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