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5 Signs that an Accident is heading Your way
Posted by Avanta on 16-07-2015 03:30:00.

The key to every good working environment is a SAFE working environment, but how do you know your workplace is safe? What should you look out for to avoid or minimise accidents?

We hope these 5 Signs will help! =) If your workplace has any of these, then the time is NOW to do something about it!


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    1. Stray/Exposed wires

Stray wires are one of the main causes of trips/falls. When in excess, it is also difficult to maintain and detect if the wires are dangerously exposed. Exposed wires can cause electrocution and sparks, which in turn will create fire hazards.


·         Sign: Stray wires

·         Accident/Risk type: Trips and falls, electrocution, fire hazard.

·         Prevention: Keep wires neat and out of the way by using cable ties or tape. Conduct regular checks on wires to detect exposures.






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    2. Puddles

If puddles are common where you work, a good precaution is to wear safety non-slip boots. Slips/falls are a common accident in the office where puddles are concerned. If the puddles are caused by leakages, provide non-slip mats, or create a barrier to prevent personnel from entering the area until the puddles are cleared and the issues resolved.


·         Sign: Puddles

·         Accident/Risk type: Slips and falls.

·         Prevention: Conduct proper maintenance of equipment. Provide non-slip mats, or safety boots as required.






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    3. Overloaded power sockets

What happens when a power socket is overloaded with multiple plugged in appliances? It may be a bit technical, but the maximum current rating may exceed the one stated for the extension lead – think of it as having too much power running through a small concentrated point. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire.


·         Sign: Too many plugs on one socket!

·         Accident/Risk type: Burns, fire hazard, electrocution.

·         Prevention: Use a multiple power extension cable rather than a block adaptor as this will put less strain on the wall socket. If you regularly rely on multiple extensions and adaptors, consider having more sockets installed by engaging a registered electrician to do the installation work.






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    4. Obstructed walkways/stairways

We know storage space could be an issue for some of us who work in industries dealing with lots of equipment and products. Even though it might be temporary, cluttering walkways/stairways with items like boxes and equipment is one of the most dangerous hazards as these will cause serious injuries in case of an emergency evacuation. Not only will it narrow the escape route and slow down the process, falls will occur and in some cases, death from being trampled over. Don’t take it lightly! L


·         Sign: Obstructed walkways, items/boxes piled on stairways

·         Accident/Risk type: Fall injuries, tripping hazard

·         Prevention: Keep all items in proper storage compartments. Keep paths/stairways clear of items, boxes, or even litter.






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    5. Combustible items near electrical points

When several combustible items are placed near or next to electrical points, all it takes is a spark from that power socket and you will have yourself a fire hazard. :O Combustible items in the office include materials like paper, cardboard, carpet fibres.


·         Sign: Combustible items near from electrical points

·         Accident/Risk type: Fire hazard

·         Prevention: Keep all items in proper storage compartments away from electrical points. Conduct prompt maintenance of electrical sockets or even machinery if malfunction occurs or sparks are spotted.