Jewelry has its place, but certainly not in work situations where it may become entangled in moving machinery. An incident investigated by WorkSafeBC illustrates another type of jewelry hazard that many workers wouldn’t think about – until it happened to them.
While spray-cleaning the engine compartment of an excavator, a worker attempted to jump from a narrow walk platform. On his way down, he grabbed a foot traction grid. His ring became caught in the grid and he suffered a partial finger amputation.
Can you envision any situation where this type of injury could occur at your workplace? If so, warn your workers to remove jewelry until shift’s end.