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Use these ten tips to avoid the number one cause of office injuries

by , 24 April 2014
Not many employers know this, but slips, trips and falls are the number one cause of office injuries. These incidents usually happen in cases where surfaces are uneven, elevated and when workers misuse office furniture. The good news is your employees can avoid these incidents and reduce injuries just by applying these simple tips...

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3 Tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Here's how…
 

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10 things you can tell your employees to avoid slips, trips and falls in the workplace

The Health & Safety Advisor says you must ensure your workers take the following actions to avoid slips, trips and falls:

  1. Be aware and watch where you're walking.
  2. Don't talk while you're walking on stairs.
  3. Walk like a duck on slippery surfaces (keep your feet facing outward while you walk).
  4. Use handrails on stairs (this will give you some support if you slip or fall).
  5. Don't carry anything on a flight of stairs unless one hand is free to hold on to the handrail.
  6. Before you sit down, hold onto the arms of the chair or the seat/back of the chair to keep it from moving.
  7. If you need to reach up for something don't stand on the chair, use a two-step or another small ladder instead.
  8. Wear sensible and well-maintained shoes (make sure soles aren't damaged and that laces aren't loose).
  9. Wipe up spills from floors so people won't slip and fall.
  10. Walk, don't run or jog.

But, it's not only your employees who are responsible for avoiding these incidents…

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YOU must do the following to help reduce your employees' chances of slips, trips and falls in your workplace

To avoid such incidents, make sure you fix uneven surfaces, for example, holes in the floor, damaged or lifting tiles or carpeting.

Also make sure employees are careful around elevated surfaces. For example, where the floor isn't level and little floor elevations exists on the surface causing the floor to be slightly higher on some parts of the floor.

Remember, office safety is your legal duty as well. So make sure you apply these tips to avoid slips, trips and falls in the office.



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