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Safety Nugget Week of May 16 - Office Safety< Back to Blog

May 23, 2016
By: J. Redden
Categories: Safety
There are a number of accidents that can occur when working in an office setting: falls, strains and overexertions, striking against objects, and being caught in or between objects.  The U.S. Department of Commerce provides some prevention tips for the different accident types listed above.
 
Falls
 
-     Be sure pathways are clear before you walk.
-     Close drawers completely after every use.
-     Secure electrical cords and wires from walkways.
-     Report loose carpeting or damaged flooring.
-     Wear stable shoes with non-slip soles.
 
Strains and Overexertion
 
-       Safe Lifting Steps
 
o    Take a balanced stance, feet placed shoulder-width apart. When lifting something from the floor, squat close to the load.
o    Keep your back in its neutral or straight position. Tuck in your chin so your head and neck continue the straight back             line.
o    Grip the object with your whole hand, rather than only with your fingers.
o    Draw the object close to you, holding your elbows close to your body to keep the load and your body weight centered.
o    Lift by straightening your legs. Let your leg muscles, not your back muscles, do the work. Tighten your stomach muscles       to help support your back.
o    Maintain your neutral back position as you lift.
o    Never twist when lifting. When you must turn with a load, turn your whole body, feet first.
o    Never carry a load that blocks your vision.
o    To set something down, use the same body mechanics designed for lifting.
 
Struck By or Striking Objects
 
-       Objects striking employees occur as a result of:
 
o    Bumping into doors, desks, file cabinets, and open drawers.
o    Bumping into other people while walking.
o    Striking open file drawers while bending down or straightening up.
o    Striking against sharp objects such as office machines, spindle files, staples, and pins.
 
In addition to the prevention information, the site also includes important information regarding workstation ergonomics.

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