An inspection of our office has revealed that employees are storing a large number of heavy items on top of the storage cabinets. They are using office chairs to reach up and do this. Are our legal obligations met if we provide equipment such as a kick-stool or is there more we should do to ensure that employees are not injured?

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An inspection of our office has revealed that employees are storing a large number of heavy items on top of the storage cabinets. They are using office chairs to reach up and do this. Are our legal obligations met if we provide equipment such as a kick-stool or is there more we should do to ensure that employees are not injured?

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Most fall-related major injuries in the office environment are associated with “low” falls — ie falls below two metres.

The majority of these incidents occur due to the use of inappropriate equipment to reach the desired height (eg desks/chairs), as well as the overloading of the cabinets themselves.

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