Office Safety… boring? Not if you’re Michael Scott, fictional boss of NBC’s “The Office” (2005 – 2013).
The Office, known for its cringe-worthy, realistic deadpan humor, became one of TV’s best comedies and was nominated for 42 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five. The series focuses on the day-to-day operation of Dunder Mifflin, a regional paper company in Scranton Pennsylvania. Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, is the self-proclaimed “World’s Best Boss” and can do no wrong in his own mind. He loves himself, hates the HR rep Toby, and throws around one-liners like it’s his job. His antics are often hilarious to himself but painfully awkward to the rest of the company. Just check out this clip from the episode Safety Training:
The Safety Training episode was inspiration to create an infographic all about real office safety issues that companies everywhere need to be aware of. It’s presented from the perspective of Michael Scott and includes quotes and pictures from the show as well as plenty of educational information about the dangers of the workplace:
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Chances are you don’t work at one of the top ten deadliest jobs, but that doesn’t mean you can brush off safety. Just take a look at some of the most common workplace injuries:
Lifting – If lifting isn’t part of your every day job, chances are you’re not going to be thinking of safety when it’s time to move the heavy printer from one room into another. Without proper awareness, you may just grab it and start moving, seriously damaging your back in the process.
Tendon Injury – Most office workers are at their computers for 8 hours a day, sitting in the same position and going through the same motions the entire time. This could cause tendon injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, leaving you unable to do much of anything. Take breaks to prevent muscle tightness. Get up and walk around, and don’t forget to stretch your fingers.
Stress – According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers feel stress on the job. Increased stress leads to health problems and can even cause heart attacks. The NYPD even automatically classifies all employee heart attacks as “work related injuries.”
Toppling Objects – Do you work in a cluttered office? If so, you may be in more danger than you think. Workers will often dangerously overload shelves due to lack of space. It’s only a matter of time before that old fax machine falls off of its overcrowded bookshelf and onto someone’s head.
What to do if you’re injured on the job
If you are ever injured on the job, no matter how minor it is, make sure you document the entire event and report it to your supervisor as soon as it happens. Then contact us at Katherman Briggs & Greenberg right away. During our 30 years of experience with personal injury lawsuits, we’ve seen many instances when employers deny legitimate workers’ compensation claims. We provide knowledgeable and aggressive representation that well help you get the assistance that you deserve.
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