Ring Avulsion? Yes, There's Such a Thing

Jan. 19, 2017

If “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon can catch his wedding ring on the side of a table and nearly rip his finger off (he had to endure extensive surgery in 2015 to repair the damage), then the danger is probably tenfold on a construction site and around equipment.

Though some contractors have “no jewelry” rules on their job sites, a lot of workers still want to wear wedding rings—and no doubt some people reason that since a ring doesn’t hang loosely, there’s little danger.

Not so. Some 150,000 incidents of ring avulsion occur in the U.S. every year. Many of them lead to the loss of a finger.

Two companies have stepped up with solutions. One is Enso, which offers “luxury silicone rings” made of lightweight silicone composite. They’re hypoallergenic and non-toxic. They come in various colors, and in sizes for men and women.

Fixate Designs, a company formed just last November, also sells men’s and women’s silicone rings (“medical-grade” silicone) it says are non-conductive, flexible and non-porous.

These companies provide a simple way for workers to continue to show their commitment to their partners, but in a safe way.