Marine Safe Australia has published a safety flash covering a number of hand injuries including the following:
- Hand injury when folding aluminium ladder
While folding a four part hinged folding ladder to place it back to its stowage position, a person got his hand squeezed at the hinge part;
- Severe hand injury – rotating machinery
A newly installed generator was started without belt guards in place. A person’s finger got caught by the V-belt which resulted in fracture and deep laceration to the index finger. The potential could have been loss of finger/hand;
- Serious injury -top of thumb amputated
The V-belts of an air compressor were found to be slack after it was installed the previous day. A crewman decided to tension/reposition them again. While trying to check the tension of the V-belts, by manually rotating the assembly, his thumb got stuck between the V-belt and pulley wheel. This resulted in the top of his thumb being amputated.
Amended August 2023
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