5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Office

You might not think an office as a dangerous place, but there is more potential for injury than you might think. Knowing what to look for can help you stay safe. Here are five tips that can help prevent injury.

1. Use the right shoes to avoid falls.

How many ways are there to fall? Let me count the ways. Okay, there's really no way to list all the ways a slip or fall could happen, but some potential danger areas include:

* Slippery floors - Even when they're not wet, floors can be slippery. It's a good idea to wear shoes with good grip on the bottom when you're at work. If you have to wear dress shoes, find ones that offer the most traction.

* Ice - Whether you're simply walking from your car or longer distances to get to work, icy conditions can make things precarious -- especially on stairs. Consider wearing boots or shoes that are equipped for these conditions, switching them when you get to the office. Speak up if you think your office could be doing better about keeping grounds clear of ice and snow.

2. Kneel or squat to lift boxes or objects.

Did that order of supplies come in? Have a box of files that you want to relocate? For heavy items no.8722; and even for items you may not think weigh much no.8722; it's important to follow proper lifting strategies. The Mayo Clinic offers a guide to proper lifting that includes starting in a safe position, either squatting or kneeling and using your leg muscles when rising. Don't bend over from the waist to lift.

3. Be cautious in the parking lot.

Parking lots can be dangerous both day and night. Watch out for cars that are running but still parked, or for cars whose rear lights indicate they are in reverse. At night, assume that drivers can't see you. Even if you have the right of way, walking out in front of a moving car can have painful results.

4. Avoid injury caused by repetitive motion.

If you spend much of your typing and using your mouse, you probably already know the potential for injury caused by repetitive motion, and these injuries can have long-term, even permanent consequences. Taking regular breaks can give your hands a rest. Also, positioning your keyboard to facilitate the most natural movement can be helpful.

5. Watch out!

Offices are full of lots of moving people and things. Be careful out there. If you're in a chair with wheels, check behind you before you launch away from your cubicle. Know where all the exits are and become familiar with emergency exit routes...

About the Author:
The Law Offices of James P. Hoffman is experienced in the laws of Iowa, workers compensation and personal injury claims are handled throughout Iowa, and social security cases are handled in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. (http://www.jamesphoffman.com)

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Date Published : Feb 15 2011

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