When thinking about workplace safety most people think about construction sites, warehouses and similar areas. The office isn't the first place that will come to people's minds, but this is another place where one needs to be conscientious of their safety. There are areas in which people should be more aware about hazards including doorways, the kitchen, hallways and blind corners. These areas are more likely to have employee injuries occur in them compared to other points in the office.
Unsafe lifting leads to thousands of injuries every year. While these injuries are rarely fatal, many result in time away from work and chronic pain. The good news is many of these accidents can be avoided by practicing safe lifting habits and using proper lifting aids and tools.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of all workers compensation claims are due to ergonomic issues. Simply defined, ergonomics is the study of work. More specifically, it is the science of fitting the job to the worker, rather that forcing the worker's body to fit the job. This can be done in various ways, such as adapting work stations, tasks, tools, and equipment to fit the worker to reduce the physical stress and illness on the worker's body.