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Too Much Tea for One Person

 An employee was in the beverage storage room gathering beverages on a cart to fill up the coolers in the café.  The cooler door was restricted from opening all the way preventing clear access to remove the beverages from the cooler.  The beverages were also located on the top shelf of the cooler and the employee had to reach above her head to grab the individual teas for adding them to the cart.  The employee alleges that she grabbed a tea and the entire shelf fell.  While it was falling she states that she tried to catch it using her left arm.  Due to the weight of the shelf it pulled her arm in a direction that was uncomfortable.


Factors to consider at your site or on your project include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    Don’t try to catch falling objects from an awkward angle. 

2.  Don’t try to catch objects that are an undetermined weight or heavier than you can carry.

3.  Inspect equipment/shelving components for damage.  If damage is discovered, report it so it can be fixed as soon as possible

4.  Remove any items stored on damaged shelf components.

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities. 

Think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.

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