Gloves are PPE so choose the right ones for the job

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Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee - while wearing fingerless wool gloves - was using a steel tape to complete log quality measurements. The tape had recently been repaired and the release mechanism was “stiffer” than before and did not release from the log when the attempt was made to do so.

The employee’s finger was cut by the tape while attempting to pull the tape loose; four stitches were required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • Inadequate PPE worn while using a potentially sharp object (i.e., fingerless wool gloves & steel tape)
  • Lack of awareness due to an insufficient administrative control (i.e., hand PPE policy)
  • Abnormal condition as the release mechanism on the tape was not functioning as expected after having been repaired.

Preventative Actions:

  • Cut resistant gloves that offer the required amount of dexterity (similar to those pictured in the attached document) have been identified and will be available for staff at each operation
  • The policy for hand PPE in the OH&S Program will be revised to read as follows: "Employees must always wear SUITABLE gloves whenever risk of hand injury is present."


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 

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