May 22, 2013
A look at the characteristics of disabling claims accepted by the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division.
Considering how often they are used at construction sites, powered hand tools cause relatively few hand injuries in the industry. In 2012, for example, there were 63 accepted disabling claims for such injuries – about 4.5 percent of the claims accepted for the industry as a whole.
What powered hand tools are involved in most of the hand injuries? It should not come as too much of a surprise that saws, drills, and nail guns account for most of the injuries (67 percent) from 2008-2012, shown in Table 1.
|Saws, except chainsaws||122|
|Hand tools, n.e.c.||12|
|Cutting hand tools, n.e.c.||5|
|Routers and molders||4|
|Striking hand tools, n.e.c.||2|
|Boring hand tools, n.e.c.||1|
|Buffers, polishers, waxers||1|
|Cutting hand tools, unspecified||1|
|Welding and heating, unspecified||1|
About one-third of the injured workers (34 percent) were between 30 and 39 years old; 29 percent were aged 18 to 29 (Table 2).
|60 or older||3|
Most of the injuries (65 percent) happened when a worker's hand was struck by or against the tool. Overexertion and repetitive motion accounted for 20 percent of the injuries (Table 3).
|Struck by or against||270|
|Caught in or between||36|
Note: This data is preliminary and subject to change. Claims counts only include injuries occurring to the hand, including wrist and fingers with a primary or secondary source of powered hand tools.
Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Central Services Division, May 15, 2013.
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