If you ask the average American to picture a “dangerous workplace,” most would probably think about forestry or construction. However, the basic office workspace is also rife with danger. Millions of Americans work in offices every day, and many sustain injuries.
It may surprise you to learn that one of the most common causes of injury in an office is falling. According to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, office workers are over two times more likely to suffer debilitating injury after a fall as compared to workers who do not operate in office workplaces.
Why do people fall so much in offices?
Tripping is a very common cause of office falls. Common articles to trip over include filing cabinets that other employees left open or rumpled up carpets. Another common cause of falls include stretching extension cords across hallways.
Wet floors also cause falls. Most commonly, employees fall due to wet floors after janitorial staff clean hallways or bathrooms. It is also common to slip and fall during winter when individuals track in snow and mud on their boots.
How can I prevent falling?
Due diligence is one of the best ways to prevent falls. After you finish using a filing cabinet, make sure to close it right away. Report any loose carpeting or inappropriately strung-out wires to your employer.
Additionally, if you must reach up high to retrieve anything, make sure to fetch a step ladder. Many falls occur when employees decide to stand on their chairs rather than get proper equipment. This is particularly dangerous if the chair the employee stands on has wheels.