Have you ever considered the cost of unsafe cutting tools in the workplace? Blade related employee injuries are all too common, yet often avoidable with the proper use of safety sharp blade tools.
The cost of not using Safety Blade Tools:
How much does it cost your company if one of your employees suffer a simple sharp blade related injury on the job?
Below are some specifics:
If you factor in medical attention, sick pay, lost work time, fines, delays, and insurance cost then the average total cost per injury is more than $19,000 and OSHA says direct and indirect cost for laceration injuries total $36,472. And those are average cost, so sharp blade related injuries can easily top $50,000 and beyond.
Yet, sharp blades are a standard part of industrial workplace. Utility knives, razor blades, box cutters, craft blades and more. Employees use them for multiple tasks.
If sharp blades are everywhere in the workplace, so is the potential for injury. Cutting injuries send more than 1,000,000 workers to the hospital every year. A study from the University of Manchester UK shows that 51% of the injuries were finger related, 33% were hand related, and 5% arm related. That’s a massive 89% on upper limbs.
You can dramatically reduce sharp blade accidents and injuries in your workplace, improve the safety of your employees, and protect your companies bottom line by implementing safety programs and introducing improved safety conscious sharp blade tools.
We at Werxrite took a look at multiple versions of razor blade scrapers currently on the market and evaluated the risk factors involved with each and everyone of those products. Based on our findings we designed, proto-typed, developed, and tested what is now known as the AutoGuard and RetraGuard Scrapers made in Portage, Michigan by Werxrite. A father and son business that is taking safety and improved concepts seriously. Here’s what we have done that sets our scrapers apart from the others on the market.
We offer the AutoGuard that protects the blade, when the button is pulled back the guard is retracted into the body of the scraper to expose the blade, once the button is released the guard automatically comes out of the body and protects the user from the blade. There is a detent feature that locks the guard position to protect the user from blade exposure. Then we added the side blade access feature which allows the user to change the blade out the side of the scraper body and handling the blade retainer instead of having to touch the sharp end of blade out the front of the body. There is also a knurl lock feature to secure the blade position from movement during use which minimizes additional risk of injury. The RetraGuard features operate the same as the AutoGuard excluding the auto return feature for the guard. There are companies that use scrapers in high volume and don’t want to continually hold back the button for the blade to be exposed. The RetraGuard version allows the user to pull the guard back and it stays in a fixed position while in use, as soon as the user is ready to complete the task they manually slide the button forward and the guard protects the blade.