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Eight ways to avoid a Department of Labour health and safety penalty for not clearing away tripping hazards

by , 23 January 2013
The way you walk could affect your health and safety in the office!'If you trip with hands in your pockets, you can't catch yourself [if you trip]," says Dr Frank M Essis Jr on The Lancaster Online. And tripping is one of the easiest ways employees injure themselves at work and sue you for COID. Here areeight common health and safety hazards to be aware of so to prevent tripping accidents in the office....

Doormats are a health and safety hazard, Ciaran Faganreports on This isLeicestershire.
Council officials have told tenants in Leicester to remove doormats from outside their homes as they're a health and safety hazard.
City council officials knocked on doors and issued the warning about doormats, as well as other tripping hazards like bicycles, pushchairs or mobility scooters, which are often left in corridors.
And while you may think this only relates to property owners, the Health and Safety Newsletterhas identified  eight commontrippinghazards you may find in your office.
If one of your employees is injured from a tripping hazard, that employee could have a COID claim against your company!
And if the Department of Labour shows up and finds the following, you could lose your business and face heavy penalties or even imprisonment.
Here's what you need to look out for…
Eight office health and safetyhazards to avoid
1.    Spills– Spilt coffee or tea on stairs could cause someone to slip and cause an injury;
2.    Cluttered aisles– Fire exits that are blocked with boxes make cancause seriousinjury;
3.    Objects on the floor– Lots of files lying on the floor instead of being filed in the filing cabinet are an obvious tripping hazard to avoid;
4.    Electricity- Exposed electric, computer, printer and telephone cords where people might trip over;
5.    Objects stacked on shelves– All boxes, papers and books must be stored safely on top of files and designated storage cabinets to avoid toppling over and causing injury;
6.    Office furniture and equipment– All furniture and fixtures must be free of splinters or sharp edges;
7.    Work stations and desks – All desks and workstations must have adequate space for an employee to take cover in the event of an emergency; and
8.Cleaning materials – Allcleaning materials must be stored safely to avoid spills that could be tripping hazards.
Order the Health and Safety Advisor  and get a checklist to ensure you have identified and removed all the hazards in the office.

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