Sunday, September 10, 2006

Scotsman.com Business - Office & workplace - Walking or taking the lift.. it's a risky business for Health and Safety staff

Scotsman.com Business - Office & workplace - Walking or taking the lift.. it's a risky business for Health and Safety staff: "They are described in concise reports which give details in classic officialese.

• In January 2003, a lift at the HSE Glasgow office got stuck 18 inches below the level of the floor. 'IP [Injured Person] exiting lift failed to notice that lift not level with floor resulting in IP tripping.'

• August of the same year saw an official at the organisation's office in Aberdeen get caught in a lift door. 'It then started to close and banged against IP's shoulder and arm and then proceeded to finally open.'

• In December 2003, again in Aberdeen, 'IP walking down stairs and slipped on landing which had recently been washed, bruising knee. Floor was wet with no warning signs.'

• Another reported: 'Returning from lunch, slipped in car park, grazing hands and bruising knees. Was walking up slight gradient in wet conditions across 'knobbly' non-slip slabs.'

• In January 2004, again at the HSE office in Aberdeen, the diffuser from an overhead light crashed to the floor just in front of a startled individual.

• That June, a member of staff in Edinburgh reported: 'Box fell on toe, resulting in bruise.' Another reported: 'Thigh strain from using steps up to Portacabin.' And yet another in Edinburgh was involved in the following incident: 'Fell over speed bump and grazed hand and knee.'

• In the same month, in Aberdeen, a staffer reported: 'Cut from penknife whilst opening a box.' And another described: 'Laceration to right thumb.'

• January 2005 saw a staffer in the capital whack their head on a whiteboard. It reported: 'Unpacking bag on floor when straightened up and hit head on corner of pen shelf of whiteboard - cut to scalp. Pen shelf to be removed.'"

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