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Cross-Campus Safety Committee

ACCIDENT PREVENTION

The vast majority of all accidents are preventable. Care and common sense are the essence of accident prevention. The most frequently reported accidents among campus workers fall into two categories: lifting or material handling injuries and slips, trips, or falls. Often very serious accidents occur because a worker fails to pay attention or is in a hurry.

First Report of Injury: Accident Report (PDF)

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Common Sense Rules to Follow

When lifting, use your legs, keep it close, turn -- don't twist, and get help when something is too heavy.

Know and practice good body mechanics when working or sitting at your desk.

Avoid wet or slippery surfaces but if you are in a slippery area -- shuffle your feet to avoid slipping.

Keep files and drawers closed when not in use.

Always practice good hand washing.

Put things away in their proper place.

Wear appropriate foot attire for inclement weather.

If working in one position for more than a half hour, get up, stretch and/or do some other type of work for at least a minute or two.

Report work related accidents immediately to your supervisor and the offices of Human Resources and Public Safety.

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