How a Man in Motion can Spoil Your Day

Posted by martin.parnell |

The other day, my wife, Sue, decided to empty our bookshelves and go through our vast collection of books in order to set some aside for recycling. Unfortunately, one large hardback bounced off the top shelf, hit her in the mouth and left her with a swollen, cut lip.

It got me thinking about other everyday objects that might, unexpectedly cause an injury and there are some unusual ones e.g. I discovered that  toothpicks are a serious choking hazard, causing about 9,000 injuries per year and each year, 1,700 men are sent to the ER because of...zipper-related injuries!

We all know of people who’ve had accidents playing sports, even a game of golf can be more hazardous than you think. Apparently, golf clubs have reportedly killed four people after being tossed, breaking, springing back, and stabbing the golfer in the heart.

An anonymous contributor to the Reddit website confessed "I stapled my thumb with a stapler... Twice” and this same person managed to stab himself “with a nice sharp number 2 pencil sticking out of my side pocket. I still have the mark on my arm."

There are numerous activities that can cause injury and many of them can be experienced in the workplace. According to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the 3 most common injuries which occur in the workplace are:

Falls :

Falling down is not only the most common office accident, it is also responsible for causing the most disabling injuries. In fact, office workers are 2 to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a disabling injury from a fall than non-office workers. The most common causes of office falls, include:

  • Tripping over an open desk or file drawer, electrical cords or wires, loose carpeting, or objects in hallways/walkways.
  • Bending or reaching for something while seated in an unstable chair.
  • Using a chair in place of a ladder.
  • Slipping on wet floors.
  • Inadequate lighting.

Injury from Lifting:

Lifting even small loads (stacks of files, computer paper, a computer monitor, etc.) can lead to injury if done improperly. Your back, neck and shoulders are all susceptible to this type of injury.

Flying and Stationary Objects:

Office workers are often struck by objects, bump into objects themselves, or get caught in or between objects, and as a result, are injured. This includes bumping into desks, other people, file cabinets, copy machines, etc., and getting hit by objects that fall from cabinets tops, items dropped on feet, doors opening unexpectedly or cabinets that fall over if not properly balanced. 

So, whether it’s leaping books, sharp pencils or what you sit on, take care out there and make sure your employees do too! Ironically, the book in question that attacked Sue was Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion”.

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