This employee was not wearing gloves while handling the metal studs. This is just a reminder to all of our employees. One of our company policies involving gloves states: "Carpenters and framers are required to wear gloves when handling metal studs and track." The policy continues on to say: "All employees are required to wear gloves when handling or working around sharp objects."
We do not require drywall hangers to wear gloves while handling drywall as we realize that the gloves make it difficult to handle the drywall and difficult to grab the drywall screws. However, when a drywall hanger changes his/her task to now handling a sharp object such as a metal stud, he/she would then be required to wear gloves.
This policy is in place for your protection. All employees at all times should have a pair of gloves in their back pocket or at least in their work location so they have them on hand when needed.
This glove policy went into affect in February 2008 and we have had a huge decrease in our finger and hand laceration frequency. Had the drywall hanger mentioned above been wearing gloves, it is likely that he would not have needed medical care today.
So, all I ask is that you show me some love and where the glove. I know, keep your day job - Safety Pete.
Should you have any questions about our glove policies, please feel free to contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.
Have a Safe Day!