Caution: Watch Out for Falling Objects in the Office
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Objects falling from above can pose a serious danger in almost any type of work environment, including an office. Not taking this type of risk seriously? Consider this: injuries caused by falling objects can range from broken bones to paralysis and can even result in death. Often, falling object accidents are caused by disorganized workspaces or material handling accidents.
Make Sure You Employees are Protected
Share these guidelines with your office to reduce your organization’s risk of workplace injury from falling and flying objects:
- Don’t leave loose or sharp items—such as letter openers or scissors —on window ledges, shelves, platforms or any high surface.
- Don’t store anything on top of cabinets or tall furniture. Anything that isn’t easily reachable presents a falling object hazard.
- Don’t open more than one drawer at a time in a file cabinet, as this could cause the cabinet to tip over.
- Never stack heavy items to store them. Store them close to the floor, and never exceed the safe load capacity of shelving or storage units.
- Remember that stacks of paper, magazines or files can be considered heavy items.
- Don’t leave telephone cords or similar items where a child could reach them – consider keeping children out of the office altogether.
- Regularly scour the premises for unsafe storage methods. If you discover a situation that presents a falling object hazard, fix it or find a new way to store it immediately.
- If a co-worker is on a ladder to retrieve an item at a height, don’t stand or work under him or her.
Keeping your employees safe should always be your number one priority! Check out our webinar replay and learn more tips for maintain a safe workplace.
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