I asked on Facebook: “What precautions do you take to stay safe at work? What ‘dangers’ do you face at your job?”
As I expected, some interesting answers came from my network of contacts who work in many different industries.
My neighbour Chris, an archaeologist, said his safety precautions include: “tailgate meeting everyday to discuss things like ’don’t get hit by large mechanical equipment, don’t get eaten by wild animals, don’t get lost, try not to fall down’….and that’s not to mention the many dangers in the office!”
My brother – always the joker – is a substitute teacher in Lower Mainland high schools. He said his biggest safety risk is: “students throwing daggers. I have a shield.”
His response is an exaggeration, but he was actually assaulted (for lack of a better word) in a classroom recently in the UK when a student aimed a laser pen into his eye. And since my brother can only see out of one eye, this blinded him temporarily and he had to go to the hospital emergency. Luckily his sight came back to normal and he chose not to charge the student because it seemed like the young kid already had enough problems in life.
My cousin in England described a danger of her workplace: “Mice droppings on my desk (and everyone else’s desk) in the morning. Big YUCK!”
I’d love to hear from you about the hazards in your workplace and what you do about them. Please comment here, or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.