Cut Resistant Clothing Can Help Protect Glass Workers

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing has been designed to significantly improve the safety of those handling, producing or processing glass.

Flat glass production and processing facilities, as well as glaziers have long been in need for a comfortable, user friendly and truly reliable cut resistant clothing. Designed to replace standard work wear, this great new pioneering brand of workwear and PPE has become a real conversation piece between health and safety professionals in this industry.

Cut Resistant Clothing In The Glass Industry

Several globally respected organisations have recently highlighted the severe risk of cut injuries within the glass industry and urged companies to take greater responsibility and further improve personal safety.

The International Labour Organization Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety stated very recently that the main risks for professionals working in the glass manufacturing sector are lacerations and cuts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labour, glass manufacturers have a total incidence rate of occupational injuries of 13.2% of all full-time employees.

In addition, the International Labour Organization published their thoughts on this subject matter when stating that glass manufacturers have a total lost workday incidence rate of 6.5% per year. 93% of the lost workdays are the direct result of cut injuries with the glass industry.

Cut Resistant Clothing Can Help Mitigate Identified Risks

Especially the manual handling of flat glass involves the risk of serious cut injury. The prime locations for such injuries are factories where flat or laminated glass is being produced or processed. Serious accidents happen particularly in factories or facilities where glass is subsequently handled manually.

Routinely handling large sheets of glass involves the risk of being struck by falling glass. The loading of glass sheets onto the vehicles equally represents a realistic risk, especially when the load can fall sideways.

Even though the glass might shatter into smaller pieces, the fragments can still cause lacerations. If the cuts are deep, they can be very damaging to internal organs, muscles, ligaments and tendons alike. The cutting of a main artery can lead to rapid blood loss, shock and even fatalities.

Most senior health and safety professionals advice that cut resistant clothing should be worn wherever glass is handled manually.

Cut Resistant Clothing Injuries Lost Workdays

Cut Resistant Clothing | The Potential Consequences If No Being Supplied

British company Nicholls & Clarke Glass Limited was prosecuted back in 2009 and ultimately found guilty in 2009 for braking health and safety laws. They had failed to ensure the personal safety of their workers, after an employee suffered severe cuts and lacerations.

  • Ian S. was working in the toughening section of the firm’s glass factory in Bedfordshire, UK.
  • On that day he picked up a big piece of glass, which cracked and smashed into pieces.
  • A large glass splinter cut his right arm and severed an artery, muscle and nerve.
  • His injury required immediate medical attention, surgery and 250 stitches.
  • The PPE (cut resistant clothing) provided by Nicholls & Clarke Glass Limited was insufficient.
  • During the legal proceedings it became known that the company had failed to report a comparable event which had seriously injured another worker back in June 2008.
  • The company was ultimately found guilty of not having done everything in their power to ensure the safety of the employees.

Cut injuries within the glass industry come with a price. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lacerations and cuts, which are not immediately and correctly treated can subsequently become infected and can cost in excess of $6,000 USD (£4,500 GBP) in associated medical expenses, such as lost employee time as well as potential healthcare claims.

As previously stated, accidents will always happen, usually and simply due human errors. However, while accidents will always occur, the related costs don’t necessarily have to. Insurers, physicians and business owners will all agree, appropriate cut resistant clothing, PPE and First Aid training can help reduce the financial repercussions of any incidents.

What can we do?

Providing satisfactory data, material and training on safety precautions and the handling of glass is simply crucial in order to create a safe system of work, which ultimately is a legal requirement in most countries.

Nevertheless, we must also accept that the risk of injuries will always be a part of reality because human error occurs. We humans are not perfect, we forget, we suffer from lack of sleep, we become ill, we become negligent, especially when doing the very same day every single day we are at work.

Following well published accidents at work, the legal consequences for employers, the cut injuries themselves and even the loss of life, many glass producers and other firms dealing with the processing of flat glass and other types of glass have now issued their workers with suitable and operationally sound cut resistant clothing.

Please read our CEO’s rather informative article on Cut-Tex PRO… our very own high performance cut resistant fabric used to produce our highly acclaimed CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing.

Cut Resistant Clothing For Sheet Metal Workers

Each year, thousands of sheet metal workers suffer injuries at the workplace, which could have been prevented with CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing.

Sheet metal fabrication around the globe involves creating and handling often very large and thin sheets of metal for a variety of purposes. Sheet metal can be thin sheets of steel, aluminium, or other metal that is used in manufacturing, construction, air conditioning or other applications.


Cut Resistant Clothing | Facts & Figures

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 4.5 million reported injuries in the metal manufacturing industry each year in the United States alone.

It is an established fact that many of the most common and usually preventable injuries are cuts and lacerations. We know that statistical data can vary from study to study, however, cuts usually rank as the second most frequent injury. Approximately a third of all workplace injuries within the sheet metal industry include cuts or laceration. Any of such injuries can lead to rapid blood loss, infected wounds, dermatitis, psychological trauma and even amputations.

But please also aware that even minor instances can result in the injured person requiring medical attention and being off work for several days.

The following is taken from the UK’s HSE Guide to handling sharp metal information sheet (engineering sheet no.16):

“Injuries resulting from the manual handling of objects and materials with sharp edges are common in the engineering industry. Data from firms show that as many as a third of all injuries recorded are caused by cuts from sharp metal during handling”.

The International Labour Organization is stating:

“Special attention should be paid to the hazard of cuts to workers in strip and sheet rolling mills. Such injuries are not only caused by the thin rolled metal, but also by the metal straps used on coils, which may break during handling and constitute a serious hazard”.

It is estimated there are over 130,000 sheet metal workers in the U.S. alone. The quality and performance of their preferred cut resistant clothing can and will without any question make a significant difference to their personal safety and the severity of injury during an accident.

We urge you to do thoroughly investigate the true performance of any cut resistant clothing you consider purchasing and issuing to your workers.

The fact of the matter is that many producers and resellers are making totally unsubstantiated claims in terms of performance and origin of the garments of raw fabrics being used. Please ask for certification and the official test reports, declaration of origin and preferably a real-life physical demonstration.

In my humble yet genuine professional opinion, I believe CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing (produced in the EU) made from 100% Cut-Tex PRO high performance cut resistant fabric (made in the UK) is the very best possible choice for those handling sheet metal.

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Thank you

Robert Kaiser, CEO

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