Hansen Yuncken - Mornington Peninsula Aged Care
Hansen Yuncken - Mornington Peninsula Aged Care
Safety boost from construction company ‘glove & clip policy’
Innovative hand protection technology is helping safety and performance for workers across all trades. At the Mornington Peninsula Aged Care construction project in Victoria, Hansen Yuncken is seeing positive safety results.
One of Australia’s largest construction firms, Hansen Yuncken has introduced a ‘glove and clip’ policy to reduce hand injuries at all their building sites. This policy is being run in conjunction with a focus on eye safety and protective eyewear.
“Our policy states that everybody on site must carry, or have gloves available to them at all times and must wear them when necessary,” said Ross Murphy, Occupational Health and Safety Manager for Hansen Yuncken, Victoria. “We have chosen gloves from Ansell’s HyFlex® and ActivArmr® range to fulfil our needs.”
“In the past, we issued riggers’ gloves to our workers for their protection; however, these did not provide enough dexterity or durability to suit everyday demands. Many workers, such as our steel fitters, reported discomfort and insufficient dexterity.
“We worked with Ansell to ensure the right glove models from the Ansell range were matched with the right tasks and trades, as this was something we had previously overlooked. The results we’re experiencing have been very positive and we have found the wearing of gloves has been increasingly compliant.”
A proven solution
Ansell says its HyFlex work gloves are the world’s biggest selling industrial work glove and are ideal for those working in trades that require precision handling.
Cut and mechanical protection, lightweight comfort, excellent grip and heightened sensitivity contribute to the HyFlex range’s popularity across several trades and tasks.
Aligning glove styles for specific trades can be a major productivity boost. Designed for carpenters, masons, plumbers, labourers, technicians and electricians, ActivArmr gloves were designed by Ansell Industrial Healthcare’s Science and Technology Team.
Technology such as Knitted Variable Stitch Design (KVSD), 3D knitting and single-ply knit are manufacturing techniques to reduce hand stress and fatigue. Formulated Kevlar® and Dyneema® material also enhance hand comfort, tactile responsiveness and durability.
“We introduced the ‘glove and clip’ policy with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and cultivating safety across the board,” said Jason Malouhos, site foreman on Hansen Yuncken’s Deakin University project.
“Ansell introduced a number of alternative protection solutions for our evaluation. We discovered their ActivArmr Heavy Duty Laborer gloves and the ActivArmr Carpenter gloves were ideal for many of the tough, manual jobs on our site.
“These gloves allow our workers to carry out tasks more easily. This is a huge improvement from the bulky riggers’ gloves we used previously, which were extremely inflexible.
“The task-specific ActivArmr gloves are very comfortable and adaptable to our jobs, giving our workers the right flexibility and range of movement for everything from tough labour work to more refined and precision hand movements.
“We are now experiencing a high level of compliance on site when it comes to hand safety, which is a terrific outcome for Hansen Yuncken and its people,” Jason concluded.
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