- Posted by The Rental Store
- On April 22, 2019
Hazards of Jewelry When Performing Certain Tasks
People wear jewelry for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes they wear it for a fashion statement. Sometimes it has religious or sentimental value. By far, the most common piece of jewelry that is worn is a wedding ring. Because wedding rings are such meaningful pieces of jewelry, people will oftentimes resist taking them off.
However, the potentially severe consequences of wearing jewelry (including metal watches and chains) while performing certain tasks at work and at home should give everyone pause.
Machinery Related Injuries
Dangling jewelry, or jewelry with protrusions may catch on components and can pull the wearer into moving parts on machinery. Should jewelry catch on an operating control such as a control lever, the jewelry could start machinery, creating danger to others as well as the wearer.
An electrocution risk exists when jewelry made of conductive metal is worn around live current.
Metal jewelry can transfer heat to skin, resulting in a burn.
Finger avulsion (commonly called de-gloving) can be caused fairly easily by performing simple work related or household tasks such as descending a ladder or having the ring get caught on a nail or other protrusion while descending or tripping. Electrocution, burns and being pulled into machinery are other real possibilities.
A True Story
Jimmy Fallon, a television host who many people know of, said that he tripped on a throw rug in his kitchen and his wedding ring got caught on a countertop. It got stuck there when he was falling and pulled his finger off. He quickly wrapped his hand in a cheap towel and headed to the emergency room.
The doctors at the emergency room said they couldn’t fix it because it required micro-surgery. “Apparently the odds aren’t great with these things. This happens a lot and the odds are not — usually they’re just going to cut your finger off, so I was going to lose my finger,” he said.
Ultimately, Fallon was one of the rare lucky ones who kept his finger after surgery and thanked the “angels” at the hospital who were able to save it for him.
IN SUMMARY, BE SMART – DON’T RELY ON LUCKY BREAKS
The good news is that jewelry can be removed and put back on at the will of the owner. The bad news is that it involves constant awareness and conscious decisions. The smart thing to do in many cases is to not wear jewelry during work hours.