Broken Hand - Ergonomic Limitations Introduce Unmitigated Hazards
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Mission Support Alliance, Hanford Site

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Maintenance, Work Management/Planning

An electrical maintenance worker leaned over the railing of a manlift basket, reaching with one hand, to enlarge a hole with a portable drill. The drill bit unexpectedly bound up causing the drill handle to rotate, forcing the employee's hand into a nearby obstruction causing injuring the workers hand. Battery powered drills are capable of producing a substantial torque, and are capable of causing severe injury if used incorrectly. According to a study released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 2,500 people a year receive hospital treatment for power drill injuries. Use of proper foot and hand techniques when operating the drill could have prevented this injury.

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