The wrist and hand was the most common site of injury at 38% of all work-related hospitalisations in Australia – the majority of these involved fingers or thumbs (24% of work-related hospitalisations).
From work-related hospitalisations in Australia data, we know that open wounds are the most common type of hand and wrist injury (between 27.5% and 35.2%). Glove use is associated with a lower risk of this type of injury (lacerations and punctures).
The age segment with the greatest frequency of wrist and hand injuries is males aged between 20 and 25. In Australian male and female workers the vast majority of hand and wrist injuries occur between the ages of 20 and 55.