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[Hand injuries in the users of hydraulic wood-cutters].

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Source
Ugeskr Laeger. 1998 Dec 7;160(50):7255-8
Publication Type
Article
Date
Dec-7-1998
Author
R. Holm
Author Affiliation
Odense Universitetshospital, Ulykkes Analyse Gruppen UAG.
Source
Ugeskr Laeger. 1998 Dec 7;160(50):7255-8
Date
Dec-7-1998
Language
Danish
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Accidents, Home - prevention & control
Accidents, Occupational - prevention & control
Amputation, Traumatic - etiology - surgery
Denmark
Equipment Safety
Female
Finger Injuries - etiology - prevention & control - surgery
Hand Injuries - etiology - prevention & control - surgery
Humans
Male
Retrospective Studies
Wood
Abstract
This study has been carried out in order to suggest possible prophylactic recommendations. We investigated the type of injuries, the type of logsplitter used, the injury circumstances and the safety measures. Fifty-two patients were included. There were a total of 21 crushing injuries with amputations of fingers, hand, on forearm. Nine replantations, two revascularisations and seven amputations were carried out. Eighty-eight percent of the patients had their hand in the splitting area. Sixty-seven percent had not received any instructions on how to operate the machinery. In 58% of the cases two or more persons were operating the logsplitter and 40% of the machines had no emergency stop button. The hazards mentioned above influenced the injury frequence and severity. We therefore recommend improved prophylactic measures and precautions to be considered. For the old machines a campaign will be necessary, and for new logsplitters we recommend implementation of new standards.
PubMed ID
9859724 View in PubMed
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