Staff Member Receives Concussion After Being Hit by Item Stored on Top Shelf
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Office/Home Safety, Occupational Safety and Health

A PNNL staff member retrieved a keyboard tray from the top shelf of a storage rack. The hinge on the tray was not locked and a piece of the tray swiveled, striking the staff member on the side of the face as she moved it off the top shelf. She was evaluated at the on-site medical provider and released back to work. The next day, the staff member experienced continuing nausea and a headache. She was seen at the emergency room and diagnosed with a mild concussion.

While the leading types of accidents that occur in office settings are the result of falls, strains and overexertions, falling objects, striking against objects, and being caught in or between objects*, many of these accidents are preventable.

Read more about this injury in the attachment, as well as how to avoid hazards presented by the storage of awkward or heavy items.

*U.S. Department of Commerce

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