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Document ID (ISN)102919
CIS number 03-1889
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Valentino M., Rapisarda V., Fenga C.
Title Hand injuries due to high-pressure injection devices for painting in shipyards: Circumstances, management and outcome in twelve patients
Bibliographic information May 2003, Vol.43, No.5, p.539-542. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract Injuries due to high-pressure injections are frequently underestimated occupational accidents, which may have disabling outcomes. The occupational injuries logbooks of two shipyards were examined. Twelve accidents due to the utilization of high-pressure equipment were reported. Data were obtained by reviewing the employers' logbooks and hospital records. Contaminants were epoxy paint and stucco, paint solvent, hydraulic and industrial oil. The palm was injured in three cases and the fingers in nine. In 91% of cases, the accident occurred in the last two hours of the work shift. Causes were mishandling in nine cases and rupture of the high-pressure equipment in three. Mean time to medical treatment was 42.5hr. Ten workers were permanently disabled. Prompt surgical intervention with debridement and decompression was done in two workers, who healed completely. The ten patients who were not treated immediately eventually experienced a high rate of disability and five of them also suffered amputation.
Descriptors (primary) pressure-jet equipment; hand injuries; shipyards; painting
Descriptors (secondary) case study; degree of disability; traumatic amputation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Compressed gases and pressure vessels
Shipbuliding and ship repair
Surface treatment