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Rings are hazardous for anyone that works in construction. The hazards are numerous, but the two most common hazards are ring avulsions and electrical burns.
Ring avulsions were “popularized” 2015 when Jimmy Fallon suffered from one in a horrific but some what mundane and bizarre home accident. And for many people the hazard remains something that is barely worth mentioning. However, for those of us that work in any industry that relies on manual labor the hazard is very real.
Ring avulsion injuries don’t go unnoticed, but because the injury does not always result in what is called “degloving of soft tissue” or “traumatic amputation” the seriousness of the injury can be misjudged. Typical symptoms of a ring avulsion include:
- Swelling of the finger
- Redness or bruising around the finger
- Numbness and tingling down the finger
P.S. if you get queasy looking at gory photos, DO NOT google image this type of injury.
The surgery to repair such an injury is “many-hours-long” and more often than not results in amputation of the injured digit.
Most rings are metal. Metal is an excellent conductor of electricity. Simply by wearing your metal rings you increase your potential to create an electrical shock and the associated electrical burns.
Wedding rings are an important symbol to many people. And the thought of not wearing one just doesn’t work. So, what can you do instead?
Try one of the many Silicone Ring options that are available on the market. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and styles.
Silicone does not conduct electricity so the hazards associated with metal rings and electricity is eliminated.
Silicone rings are also very soft and stretchy….and ultimately breakable. Therefore if the ring did become caught on something it would more than likely break before causing significant damage to your fingers.