In the realm of workplace safety the statistics regarding hand injuries paint a stark reality. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, injuries to fingers and hands rank highest among preventable injuries, accounting for over 23% of reported incidents. In fact, they come second only to back and neck injuries in terms of both prevalence and lost workdays. What makes these injuries particularly concerning is the discovery that a significant majority of employees who suffer from hand injuries were not wearing gloves at the time, and those who were wearing gloves often wore the wrong ones. The data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics further underscores the risks associated with non-compliance, revealing a distressing increase of over 2,5 times in hand injuries.
The consequences of these injuries extend beyond the immediate pain and discomfort experienced by workers. Medical costs and disability claims have seen a rapid escalation, and with each workday missed, the cost of a single injury multiplies significantly. A study conducted by the National Safety Council highlights the financial impact, indicating that a disabling hand or finger injury can cost anywhere from $540 to $26,000 per patient, with serious extremity trauma averaging a staggering $730,000 per incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) echoes the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in preventing hand injuries. Their study reveals that 70.9% of hand and arm injuries could have been averted with the proper use of safety gloves.
As a result of these critical safety concerns and the growing recognition of the importance of hand protection, the global industrial safety gloves market is projected to reach a valuation of $13,5 billion by 2032, expanding at over 5,2% Compound Annual Growth Rate from 2023-2032, according to Global Market Insights. In light of these challenges and opportunities, Superior Glove, a leading manufacturer and supplier of work gloves, seeks to redefine their approach to hand safety, going beyond simply offering gloves and embracing a comprehensive safety-oriented business model.