Published on January 31st, 2018 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Common Office Accidents
You may think working in an office is a safe working environment. However, you may be surprised to find out, office workers are more likely to suffer a fall than non-office workers.
Apparently, office workers are twice as likely to be injured due to a fall as their non-office working counterparts. The most common factors contributing to these accidents include:
- Tripping over the items such as: An open desk drawer or filing cabinet drawer; Electrical cords and wires; Loose carpeting; Objects left in hallways
- Bending down or reaching for an object whilst sat in an unstable chair.
- Using a chair in place of a kick step or ladder to reach for an overhead object on a shelf or cabinet.
- Slipping on a wet floor.
- Poor lighting.
Further perils in the office can be caused if we do not stay alert of our surroundings. Many accidents at work are caused by office workers being struck or bumping into objects such as desks or doors. In addition, fingers may get caught in doors, windows and items of jewellery or long hair may get trapped in equipment such as printers or desk drawers.
Prevent Accidents in the Workplace
By using some common sense and proactively identifying potential hazards, many accidents can be prevented. So always remember to
- Close any open drawers and cabinets immediately after use
- Check and maintain clear hallways or corridors. Remove and store away any obstructions.
- Report loose or frayed carpets and electrical cords to your Facilities or Health and Safety manager.
- Prevent any slips or falls by cleaning any spillages or wet floors (particularly in wet or snowy weather).
Facilities Supplies at the Post Office Shop
Following a successful pilot programme with registered business users, the Post Office Shop has launched a Facilities Supplies range. With more cleaning, first aid and work-related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products, you can be confident your business complies with Health and Safety regulations.
Would you like to open a business account with the Post Office Shop? Take advantage of up to 60 days interest free on all your purchases and no annual fee. Find out more about Business Accounts here.