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Safety Tips | Office safety

Watch your step

April 1, 2009

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Although many people may think the most dangerous places to work are factories and plant floors, plenty of dangers abound in an office setting as well. One of the most common accidents in office settings is falls. Employees are 2.5 times more likely to suffer a disabling fall in an office setting than anywhere else, according to the National Safety Council.

The council offers the following tips on avoiding fall hazards in the office:

  • Walk – don’t run.
  • Wear footwear that reduces the risk of slips, trips and falls. High heels increase fall risks.
  • When walking down hallways, stay to the right – same as you would in vehicular traffic.
  • Remove obstructions such as wastebaskets and cords from walkways.
  • Always be sure to close file cabinets and desk drawers so they do not create a tripping hazard.
  • Consider installing convex mirrors around hallway intersections so workers are aware of oncoming traffic.
  • Carpet and floor mats can help create a slip-resistant surface. Marble or tile can be slippery, especially when wet.
  • Be certain stairwells are well-lit and equipped with anti-skid strips and handrails.

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