It Pays to Pay Attention
Today, there are always multiple things vying for your attention. However, a lack of focus on the task at hand can lead to tragedy, especially in higher risk situations.
One of the leading causes of work-related deaths is due to contact with objects, which include being struck against an object; struck by an object; caught in an object or equipment; or caught in collapsing material. According to Injury Facts®, there were 721 workplace deaths due to these types of incidents and more than 230,000 cases of injuries with days away from work in 2013. These types of injuries can arise from falling objects or from being inadvertently struck by a moving vehicle – such as a forklift or a car. Falls are the most common office incident, accounting for the greatest number of disabling injuries. In fact, office workers are twice as likely to suffer a fall as non-office workers.
Paying attention to your surroundings and concentrating on the task at hand is vitally important in keeping you and your coworkers safe. Here are some tips to help prevent these injuries:
- Neatly store loose materials
- Secure items that are stored at a height
- Store heavy objects close to the floor
- Open one filing cabinet drawer at a time to prevent a tip-over
- Wear the proper personal protective equipment for your environment, such as steel-toed shoes
- Always walk behind moving equipment, if possible
- Never obstruct your vision by overloading moving equipment
- Only operate equipment that you are properly trained to use
- Make sure all the safety devices on your equipment are in good working order before use
- Use extra caution around corners, in high traffic areas and near doorways