Why is hand safety so important? Almost every profession requires healthy hands; without them, most workers simply can’t work. Unfortunately, lacerations and overuse injuries in the hands, wrists, and forearms are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. Such injuries can sideline a worker for days, weeks, or even permanently. They can result in surgery or prolonged physical therapy. They are expensive, and, let’s face it, injuries hurt! The good news: these occurrences are largely preventable.